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SSO Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

SSO logo full color 0625The Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO) is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). We believe that diversity is not only a reflection of the varied backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences of our members but also a vital driver of excellence in patient care, research, and education.

The Society of Surgical Oncology condemns discrimination, racism, and violence. At SSO, we embrace and celebrate the richness of diversity in all its forms, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, sex, gender-identity, sexual orientation, nationality, religion, age, family care status, disability, and military veteran status. We recognize that by bringing together individuals with diverse backgrounds and viewpoints, we can better address significant healthcare disparities and the critical lack of surgical care for patients worldwide.

Our commitment to diversity extends to all aspects of our organization, including leadership, membership, educational programs, research initiatives, and partnerships. We seek to create an environment where everyone feels valued, respected, and empowered to contribute their unique perspectives and talents.

SSO is dedicated to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion by:

  1. Fostering a culture of respect, empathy, and collaboration.
  2. Working to increase diversity within the Society, membership, and staff as well as the overall surgical oncology workforce.
  3. Addressing and working to eliminate disparities in patient care.
  4. Promoting accrual of diverse patients in clinical trials associated with on a national and international level.
  5. Providing educational resources and opportunities that are accessible to all.
  6. Partnering with organizations and individuals who share our commitment to DEI.

We recognize that our journey toward diversity and inclusion is ongoing, and we are dedicated to continually improving our efforts. By embracing diversity, we aim to strengthen the impact of surgical oncology and ensure that all patients receive the highest quality of care.

SSO Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusions
Approved: October 12, 2023

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