About DEI at Georgetown Lombardi


Our Vision

The overall vision of the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Plan is to create and sustain diversity within a culture of equity and inclusive excellence.

Georgetown Lombardi will implement and evaluate strategies to

Georgetown Lombardi Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) builds on attention to social justice and diversity, equity, and inclusion within Georgetown University, Hackensack Meridian Health, and MedStar Health. We have aligned the DEI specific aims with values held across the cancer center.

DEI Efforts at Georgetown Lombardi

Georgetown University’s Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center in the District of Columbia.

Georgetown Lombardi’s vision is to:

  • impact the patients we serve in the Washington DC metropolitan area and New Jersey, the nation, and beyond by pushing scientific knowledge, creativity, and application
  • Serve all with compassion, equity and respect
  • Prepare individuals who will devote themselves to reducing the severity of cancer on the individual, family, and community through improved access to care.

Louis Weiner, MD, has led Georgetown since 2008 and has developed a visionary Strategic Plan for the cancer center that emphasizes transdisciplinary collaboration and community impact around five unifying themes, among them Organization, Resources and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.

Following the 2021-2026 Strategic Plan, Georgetown Lombardi established a DEI Office under the new Associate Director for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), Kristi Graves, PhD. Graves is an accomplished cancer population scientist who serves as the GUMC Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, with an emphasis on fostering diversity at Georgetown University Medical Center.

Georgetown Lombardi is investing annually to support cancer-focused plans to enhance its diversity by monitoring efforts, providing support to Georgetown Lombardi search committee activities, and recruitment and mentorship of early-stage diverse members and trainees.

DEI Guiding Values

Diversity, equity and inclusion at Georgetown Lombardi are guided by Georgetown University, MedStar Health, and Hackensack Meridian Health values: 

  • Care of the whole person
  • Community in diversity
  • Lifelong learning
  • Humility in service

DEI Goals

Diversity, equity and inclusion at Georgetown Lombardi will evaluate, develop and implement strategies to:

Seven people wearing white lab coats stand together in the lobby of the cancer center

Increase diversity of trainees, members, and the cancer research workforce

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Enhance equitable and active participation in cancer research


Promote inclusion and foster leadership by individuals from backgrounds underrepresented in cancer leadership

DEI Specific Aims

Aim 1

Collect and evaluate diversity metrics and improve infrastructure to recruit, retain, and track trainees and members from groups underrepresented in science and cancer research

  • Collect data on 100% of Georgetown Lombardi committees, working groups, and advisory committees
  • Maintain Lombardi DEI Dashboard
  • Train 100% of search committees
  • Develop, administer, and monitor scores on DEI Cultural Climate Surveys

Aim 2

Foster a culture of inclusion and active participation in cancer research for women and individuals from groups underrepresented in research to retain talent and advance professional careers for all.

  • Co-sponsor training fellowships and inclusive mentor training
  • Implement annual workshops
  • Increase membership in mentoring cohorts by 30%
  • Host Annual DEI Retreat, give three awards (trainees, staff, faculty)
  • Support pilot and booster funding projects

Aim 3

Support intentional leadership development and advancement by women and individuals underrepresented in cancer leadership.

  • Provide leadership coaching to 16 members/year
  • Host two trainings/year on inclusive leadership best practices
  • Host four meetings of early career members and leadership
  • Include value of DEI in promotion policies

DEI Collaboration Across Georgetown Lombardi

Lombardi DEI supports efforts across the cancer center:

Cancer Research Training and Education Coordination (CRTEC)

  • Provide inclusive mentor training
  • Contribute to the review of applications for training and pilot funding opportunities
  • Co-sponsor pathway programs
  • Coordinate collection of metrics for tracking trainees

Community Outreach and Engagement (COE)

  • Training of COE staff on cultural awareness
  • Elicit feedback on DEI Aims by Community Advisory Council
  • Promote diversity of COE staff and Community Advisory Council
  • Help prepare trainees and early career investigators for community rotations

Georgetown Lombardi Research Programs

  • Foster professional development of early career faculty support
  • Promote best practices for inclusive hiring
  • Provide stipends for trainees from backgrounds underrepresented in cancer research
  • Elicit feedback from DEI Advisory Council Program Liaisons

Georgetown Lombardi Leadership

  • Ensure DEI remains part of Georgetown Lombardi Strategic Plan
  • Highlight value and visibility of diversity as a strategic imperative
  • Offer skill-building for inclusive leadership
  • Promote leadership development skills among individuals underrepresented in cancer center leadership

Institutional Support for DEI

Diversity, equity and inclusion at Georgetown Lombardi benefits from and leverages institutional engagement resources and DEI efforts across Georgetown University, Hackensack Meridian Health, and MedStar Health:

  • Team Member Resource Groups
  • Ranked No. 1 in U.S. on 2023 Diversity Inc. Top Hospitals and Health Systems
  • HBCUConnect
  • AHA Equity Road Map
  • Collaboration with Student Opportunity Center
  • Transformation Action Plans

  • Established system-level Equity, Inclusion & Diversity Steering Committee
  • Established Local Entity Councils
  • Working Group for Racial Justice
  • Department-Level Equity, Inclusion & Diversity Strategic Plans
  • Annual  Equity, Inclusion & Diversity Cultural Climate Surveys

DEI Personnel

Kristi Graves, PhD
Associate Director (AD) for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Associate Professor, Cancer Prevention and Control Program
Associate Dean for Faculty Development, Georgetown University Medical Center

Larisa Caicedo

Larisa Caicedo, MA
DEI Senior Manager

Lauren Massie
DEI Intern
Senior Student, Georgetown University, Healthcare Management and Policy

Contact Us

For questions and inquiries please email: LombardiDEI@georgetown.edu