Events and Awards

2017 Diversity and Multicultural Leadership Awards Winners


Each month, we host interprofessional events on campus that celebrate our diversity across a wide spectrum of backgrounds and beliefs. Moreover, our co-curricular events are interactional and informative, and participants have the opportunity to earn continuing education units.   Through our efforts, we aspire to foster a deeper sense of community at Rush and play a role in helping current and future health care professionals better understand the people they will work with and the communities they will serve.

Rush recognizes a number of annual diversity, equity and inclusion events, which includes:


  • August:  Welcome Back!
  • September:  Diversity Brunch, Sept. 17
  • October:  National Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration, hosted by LMSA, Oct. 11
  • November:  Lunch and Learn:  Election Reflection, hosted by all student affinity groups, Nov. 11
  • December:
    • Winter Solstice Celebration, hosted by all student affinity groups, Dec. 9
    • Native American Heritage Month Celebration, hosted by all student affinity groups  Dec. 12


  • January: MLK Day of Service Pipeline Program, hosted by SNMA Jan. 16
  • February:
    • Lunch and Learn:  Being Muslim in America, hosted by RMSA, Feb. 9
    • Lunch and Learn:  Race Relations in Chicago, hosted by all student affinity groups, Feb. 15
    • Vagina Monologues Performance, hosted by AMWA, Feb. 17
    • Black History Month Celebration, hosted by SNMA, Feb. 20
  • March:
    • Lunch and Learn:  The Impact of Executive Orders, hosted by RMSA, LMSA, Mar. 1
    • Lunch and Learn:  Immigrant Health Advocacy, hosted by LMSA, RMSA, Mar. 14
  • April: Faith and spirituality at Rush
    • Lunch and Learn:  Interfaith Panel:  My Everyday Faith, hosted by RCF, JSA, RMSA, April 10
  • May: Diversity and multicultural leadership awards reception, May 2
  • May: Asian-Pacific American Heritage Celebration, hosted by APAMSA and SASA, May 11
  • June: LGBTQ Pride Month, June 14
  • July: Patriots and Veterans at Rush, TBD


Each year, inspirational students, residents and faculty are selected to receive a Diversity and Multicultural Leadership Award for their exceptional understanding of diversity and inclusiveness as represented by the following criteria:

  • Enhancing inclusion through positive communication between persons of different backgrounds
  • Developing innovative methods for increasing and valuing diversity through wide-ranging activities
  • Demonstrating outstanding efforts to promote an environment free from bias and discrimination
  • Organizing, creating and facilitating various academic or community events promoting diversity, respect and inclusiveness
  • Demonstrating continuous commitment to cultural diversity (inclusive of gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, language, etc.) and inclusion
  • Serving as a role model through respectful treatment in interactions and communications with others


2017 Diversity and Multicultural Leadership Awardees:

College of Health Sciences

  • Maziel Caicedo (undergraduate)
  • Marlena Mosbacher (graduate)

The Graduate College

  • Jennillee Wallace

College of Nursing

  • Sirene Helwani

Rush Medical College

  • Edward Elchico

Rush Pride Award

  • Femmily Blake Robison

Residents and Fellows

  • Sylvia Robinson, MD

David Jones Peck Award (SNMA)

  • Margia Ambroise

Hector P. Garcia Award (LMSA)

  • Autumn Burnes

Leonidas H. Berry Faculty Award (SNMA and LMSA)

  • Anthony Serici

Rush Faculty/Staff Award

  • Tiffini Jones

Rush APAMSA Award

  • Hieu Pham

RUDI Award

  • Meilyn Santamaria