In the 100 years since ASCP was founded, our mission has always centered on taking care of patients. As long as there are disparities in the healthcare system, we cannot fully realize that ambition. So, what is ASCP’s vision around diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I)? What steps can we take to promote DE&I in the field of pathology and laboratory medicine?
On this episode of Inside the Lab, our hosts Dr. Lotte Mulder and Ms. Kelly Swails are joined by Dr. Melissa Upton, MD, FASCP, Emeritus Professor of Pathology at the University of Washington in Seattle and Chair of the ASCP Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, Ms. Tanya Norwood, MBA, MS, Chief Officer for Marketing and Membership and Chief Officer for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at ASCP, and Mr. Mohamed Abdelmonem, MBA-HCM, CLS, H(ASCP)CMBBCM, MLSiCM, SBBiCM, Clinical Laboratory Supervisor of Transfusion Services at Stanford University School of Medicine and member of ASCP’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, to discuss ASCP’s vision around diversity, equity and inclusion.
Our panelists explain why DE&I is so important in pathology and laboratory medicine. They walk us through the four pillars of ASCP’s DE&I strategy and offer examples of the most effective workplace inclusion initiatives at their respective institutions. Listen in for insight on the DE&I tools available to ASCP members and learn how you can promote diversity, equity and inclusion in your laboratory and community.
· Why diversity, equity, and inclusion are important in pathology and laboratory medicine in general and at ASCP in particular
· ASCP’s strategic vision around diversity, equity, and inclusion
· The four pillars of ASCP’s DE&I strategy (awareness, mentorship, education, and partnerships)
· How ASCP’s internal DE&I strategy for staff involves the discovery of where we are today and the change we want to see tomorrow
· Examples of effective workplace inclusion initiatives
· How to overcome intrinsic bias in the interview process
· Tools available to help ASCP members promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in their workplaces and communities