Cancer Support Community Pasadena's
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Statement:

Cancer Support For All

Cancer Support Community Pasadena stands with our community to condemn racism, discrimination and injustice. Diversity, equity & inclusion are integral to CSCP’s mission to provide meaningful psychosocial support to families impacted by cancer, especially those communities that face cancer health disparities. We understand that every person has a unique perspective and lived experience, and our mission is to honor that within the delivery of our programs. We strive to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion practices in our daily work, in the design and implementation of all of our programs, and in every interaction with our participants. We commit to this mission in service to all of the different populations within our community and to all those who support us.


Learn more about what steps CSCP has taken as part of our commitment to this mission below. 

Q1 2021:

  • The Board launched a new DEI committee comprised of Directors and community stakeholders. The purpose of this committee was to inform how we should move forward in this area.

  • The DEI Committee set measurable goals for 2021:

    • Recruit 2 new diverse Board members

    • Schedule 3-4 new cultural programs

    • Build 3-4 new cultural organization relationships

    • Execute 1 collaboration with a black-owned business

  • We created a Director of Diversity staff position to ensure that someone would be intentionally directing our DEI efforts

  • We held a Black Information Night (virtual)


Q2 2021:

  • CSCP secured funding from the Pasadena Community Foundation for a new Black patient and survivor support group, the Black Support Circle, which began in Q2l. (The DEI Committee helped to inform how to create, name, and launch this group.)

  • We started a Technology Lending Library for our Spanish speaking members who did not have the technology or internet to join virtual programs; two foundation funders awarded us grants to purchase iPads and mobile hot spots

  • CSCP secured doctors of color to present virtual educational workshops, including Rick Kittles, Ph.D., Director of Health Equities at City of Hope, who presented a workshop on Health Disparities and has since joined our Professional Advisory Network

  • We wrote press releases for local media promoting our DEI initiatives

  • We began new relationships with local cultural organizations including the Altadena Chamber of Commerce (which has a 22% Black population) and the Pasadena Chapter of the NAACP

  • Translated all of our online forms to have Spanish versions


Q3 2021:

  • CSCP is seeking diversely-owned businesses for collaborative fundraisers/givebacks:

    • Bonnie B’s Smokin' Barbecue – July 29th

  • To diversify our staff, when hiring, CSCP reviews resumes with an eye not just for skills, but for diversity, and our most recent hire is of Asian descent

  • We have set up a team of Black supporters who are poised to reach out to local Black churches to spread the word about CSCP

    • Chrystle White (CSCP Member)

    • Natalie Smalley (CSCP Board Member)


Q4 2021:

  • CSCP continues to schedule fundraisers with local diversely-owned businesses:

    • UEDF Fish & Chips – October 14th

    • Burrito Express - December 6th

  • Created a spanish language flyer advertising CSCP's services and Grupo fuerza y esperanza

  • Created a flyer for the Black community highlighting CSCP's Black Support Circle

  • Presented at the Sisters Coming Together Luncheon hosted by the Southern California Women's Conference on October 9th

  • Presented and held a booth at Pasadena’s first Black Expo at the Pasadena Convention Center on November 6th