David Scott, Roswell Park's Director of Diversity and Inclusion, takes his job seriously. "I know what it feels like to be an outsider. I never want someone else to feel that they can't give their best at work because of their differences." David makes it his personal and professional mission to ensure no one he encounters feels that way.
What's the goal of a diversity director? It's more than just recruiting people with different backgrounds. "It's also about making sure our employees feel welcome and can bring their whole selves to the workplace," says David. He explains that this is especially important in a hospital setting. "The first thing people do when they come to a new place is to look for something that's familiar to them. You want to see people that look like you and that practice your religion. Feeling at home gives you a sense of comfort." This concept is at the heart of the culturally competent care Roswell Park aims to deliver.
In David's six years at Roswell Park, he and his team have made some amazing accomplishments. In 2016, 27% of new hires were African American or Hispanic. "I'm not just proud of the number; I'm proud of the higher-level positions these hires were placed in."
Watch the video above to hear more from David Scott. Visit RoswellPark.org/Diversity to learn more and to access Roswell Park's free community education workshops.
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