Diversity, Equal Opportunity, Inclusion

For over three decades, the Rush approach to equal opportunity, diversity, and inclusion has not wavered. Our approach is that these are essential components of the best employment, educational, and health care practices and must be furthered. This is a continuation of a policy that emanated from the hospital charters of 1865 and 1883 and the documents governing the establishment of Rush University in 1972.

In certain instances, the implementation of this policy and our goals in this area require the use of affirmative initiatives. At Rush, these are focused on strong recruitment, development, and retention efforts, not on quotas --- and these recruitment and programming efforts will be continued, consistent with federal, state, and municipal guidelines.

Rush University is committed to attracting students who will enable the student body to achieve the educational benefits of diversity, and to providing services to all students, faculty, and other employees on a nondiscriminatory, equitable basis. Discrimination or harassment against any member of the Rush University Medical Center community because of age, ancestry, color, disability as defined by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, gender, gender identity and/or expression, marital or parental status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran's status, or any other category protected by federal or state law is prohibited and will not be tolerated, nor will any person for those reasons be excluded from the participation in or denied the benefits of any program or activity within Rush University.

Beverly B. Huckman, Associate Vice President for Equal Opportunity, has been designated to oversee the implementation of this policy for Rush University and can be reached by telephone at [312] 942-7093, by mail [Suite 128, Professional Building], or via e-mail at Beverly_B_Huckman@rush.edu.

Among the responsibilities of the Office for Equal Opportunity are:

•  Recommending and implementing policies and programs related to diversity and inclusion, cultural and gender sensitivity, equal opportunity, affirmative initiatives, prevention of discrimination and harassment, and disability rights.

•  Encouraging the recruitment of persons from all groups for administrative, faculty, and student positions.

•  Mediating faculty, resident, and student complaints related to discrimination or harassment [see the "Harassment: Policies and Procedures" section of this catalog].

Additional resources may be found in Human Resources along with the following university individuals/offices:

Sharon Gates, MA
Senior Director, Multicultural Affairs, Community Service, and Global Health for Rush University
984A Armour Academic Center
(312) 942-3670

Paula J. Brown, MBA
Manager, Equal Opportunity Programs, Rush University Medical Center
128 Professional Office Building
(312) 942-7094