Black Volunteer Caucus (BVC)

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Black Volunteer Caucus

About the Black Volunteer Caucus

The 12-member Black Volunteer Caucus guides ACS CAN’s work to enhance, strengthen, and diversify communications, messaging, partnerships, and volunteer recruitment, training, and engagement within the Black community.  

The Black Volunteer Caucus shares ACS CAN’s national focus on building a vibrant and diverse grassroots advocacy structure and community to achieve our collective goal of decreasing death and suffering from all cancer in all communities.

Meet the BVC

Jacqueline Beale

Jacqueline Beale, Chair
Maryland

Flecia Brown

Flecia Brown
Georgia

Carol Coram

Carol Coram
Washington

Stephen Jackson

Stephen (Steve) Jackson
Nebraska

Diane Nathaniel

Diane Nathaniel
New York

Faith Nyong

Faith Nyong
Illinois

Nikki Payne

Nikki Payne
Wisconsin

Shontrice Patillo
Missouri

Cynthia Rogers

Cynthia Rogers
New York

Debra Sturgis-Stamps

Debra Sturgis-Stamps
Mississippi

Latina Starling

LaTina Starling
Texas

DonnaMarie Woodson

DonnaMarie Woodson
North Carolina

BVC In Action

The Black Volunteer Caucus is engaged in meaningful advocacy and policy work nationally and locally. 

Check out a few of their successes so far  


Black Volunteer Caucus Fireside Chat

Thank you to everyone that participated in the BVC’s first Fireside Chat “The Black Community is Being Left Behind – Why Aren’t They Included in Clinical Trials?” to discuss the Black community’s unique challenges to cancer care. 

Download the Fireside Chat Program


Support the BVC 

Tell your loved one’s story by donating to the 2022 Lights of Hope fundraiser.

Donate Now


Contact the BVC

Do you have have a question, request, opportunity, or message for the BVC?

Please contact us

    Take Action

    A woman visiting her doctor

    Tell Congress To Pass The DIVERSE Trials Act To Expand Access To Clinical Trials And The Latest Advancements In Treatment

    The DIVERSE Trials Act would remove barriers that keep certain racial and ethnic groups, including Black cancer patients, from being represented in clinical trials

    Key information on cancer inequities and how ACS is addressing these disparities in the Black Community

    The most recent data on cancer data for African American/Black People, published in a peer-review journal of the American Cancer Society

    A consumer-friendly companion for the Cancer Statistics for African American/Black People, 2022

    Read and download the key report findings, Executive Summary, and full report