Equal Opportunity, Diversity, and 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 healthcare 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.
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 participation in or denied the benefits of any program or activity within Rush University Medical Center or Rush University.
The people designated to oversee the implementation of this policy are Beverly B. Huckman, associate vice president for equal opportunity, for the academic sector, and Jane C. Grady, assistant vice president of Human Resources, for other sectors of the medical center. Ms. Huckman can be reached at (312) 942-7093, 1725 W. Harrison St., Suite 128, Beverly_B_Huckman@rush.edu, and Ms. Grady can be reached at (312) 942-3642, 600 S. Paulina St., Suite 403, Jane_C_Grady@rush.edu.
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.
Larry J. Goodman, MD