Roswell Park Cancer Institute's director of diversity and inclusion has been honored with a Global Diversity Leadership Award by the World HRD Congress in Mumbai, India.
David Scott was recognized for expanding career opportunities for people from underserved groups and for enhancing the culture of inclusion at Roswell Park.
In his role at Roswell, Scott is dedicated to building an increasingly diverse workforce, expanding employment and exploring opportunities for minorities and underserved groups through outreach programs, job fairs, job training events and paid internship programs.
To that end, in his six years at Roswell Park, Roswell officials said Scott and his team have championed diversity and inclusion. In 2016, 27 percent of new hires at Roswell were black or Hispanic.
"I'm not just proud of the number. I'm proud of the higher-level positions these hires were placed in," Scott said.
Scott said his role is more than recruiting people with different backgrounds. "It's also about making sure our employees feel welcome and can bring their whole selves to the workplace," he said. "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."
Roswell Park employs 3,200 people and its campus operations span 28 acres.
Roswell has put together a video on Scott that can be viewed at Roswell Park's website.