"Because we are both an academic medical center and a university, we have a special mandate to ensure that this commitment to an environment of inclusion is evident not just to our community and our patients, but also to our employees, students and physicians."
- Larry J. Goodman, MD, Rush President and CEO more...
Since opening our doors in 1837, inclusion has been at the center of our work - for our patients, for our staff, and for our community. In addition to an illustrious history of medical firsts, we have been at the forefront of policies that truly make a difference in the lives of the people who work here.
Established in 1974, the Office for Equal Opportunity resides in the Office of the President and CEO of Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois, to whom the Associate Vice President for Equal Opportunity reports. The responsibilities of the Office for Equal Opportunity include:
Founded in 1991, the Rush ADA Task Force has as its mandate not only to implement policies for persons with disabilities, but also to educate other people on how we are all enriched by hiring and working with persons with disabilities. The ADA Task Force is composed of 60% women, and 26% of its members have a disability. Since its formation, the Rush ADA Task Force has generated a list of accomplishments. To date, the Task Force has initiated at least 24 programs for improved access and services, as well as 19 disability training, outreach and education programs.
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 categories 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, Jane Grady, Assistant 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. Grady can be reached at (312) 942-3642, Division of Human Resources, 600 S. Paulina Street, Suite 403.
In certain instances, the implementation of this policy requires the use of affirmative 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
President and CEO