Established in 1974, the Office for Equal Opportunity resides in the Office of the President and CEO of Rush University Medical Center, to whom the associate vice president for equal opportunity reports. Many people confuse our office with Human Resources and contact us when applying for a job. While we have nothing to do with the hiring process, the responsibilities of the Office for Equal Opportunity include:
- Oversight of equal opportunity and affirmative action programs, policies and procedures on harassment, programs related to the Americans With Disabilities Act and other civil rights and diversity policies and programs.
- Strengthening of a positive relationship on civil rights matters between Rush and government entities or civic and professional organizations.
- Membership on the Diversity Leadership Council, and collaboration with its members on creating and improving diversity and all related policies and programs.
In certain instances, the implementation of this policy requires 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.
Larry J. Goodman, MD
Chief Executive Officer
The following programs are among those which have been implemented to accomplish this mandate:
- The Diversity Leadership Council was created to build on existing programs at Rush to provide a commitment to diversity that reflects our Mission, Vision, & Values.
- Annual Rush Affirmative Action Program since 1975.
- Longitudinal data covering over 30 years on Rush University faculty, house staff and students by gender and ethnicity.
- Broad-based program since 1984, for the prevention of sexual harassment and harassment of all other protected classes, including an annual memorandum from the president to the Rush community.
- Widely recognized and honored programs for providing accessibility and other accommodations for patients, employees, faculty, students and visitors with disabilities, and for advocating for disability rights within and beyond the Rush community.
- The Thonar Award is given annually since 1991 to a member of the Rush community for efforts to turn a disability into a possibility.
- Spanish and Polish interpreters, and provision of interpreters for multiple other languages, including sign language. Call Interpreter Services at (312) 563-2987
- Patient forms, brochures and signage in Spanish.
- Program to permit service animals for inpatients, outpatients and visitors
- Outreach to and recruitment of employees and students from underrepresented groups.
- Human Resources training related to ethnic and religious diversity and respect.
- Health benefits for same-sex domestic partners since 2000.
- Service to economically and ethnically diverse communities of Chicago, especially those on the West Side, through:
In carrying out its responsibilities, some of which are noted below, the Office for Equal Opportunity works closely with Human Resources, the university provost, college deans, and other Medical Center officers and departments.
President's Statement on Equal Opportunity, Diversity and Inclusion
For over three decades, the Rush approach to equal opportunity and diversity has not wavered. It is that equal opportunity and diversity in employment, education and the delivery of health care are essential 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.
Discrimination or harassment against any member of the Rush University Medical Center community (i.e., employee, faculty, house staff, student, or patient) 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 Medical Center or Rush University. For the academic sector, Beverly B. Huckman, associate vice president for equal opportunity in the Office of the President, has been designated to oversee the implementation of this policy. For other sectors of the Medical Center, Sheri Marker, vice president of Human Resources, has been designated to oversee the implementation of this policy. Ms. Huckman can be reached at (312) 942-7093, Suite 128, Professional Office Building. Ms. Marker can be reached at (312) 942-5959, Division of Human Resources, 729 S. Paulina Street.
In certain instances, the implementation of this policy requires the use of affirmative action initiatives. At Rush, these are focused on strong recruitment and programming efforts, not on the use of quotas and these recruitment and programming efforts will be continued, consistent with federal, state and municipal guidelines.
Larry J. Goodman, MD
Chief Executive Officer