Toni Preckwinkle, president of the Cook County Board of Commissioners, will speak about diversity in conversation with Dr. David Ansell, chief medical officer at Rush University Medical Center on Wednesday, Feb. 26, as part of Rush’s annual diversity leadership award ceremony. The event will take place at Rush’s Professional Building at 1725 W. Harrison St. in Chicago.
Prior to the conversation, Rush CEO Dr. Larry Goodman will present the fifth annual J. Robert Clapp, Jr., Diversity Achievement Award to Tanya Friese, RN, continuing nursing education manager at Rush University and instructor in the Rush University College of Nursing.
The annual J. Robert Clapp, Jr., Diversity Achievement Award honors a members of the Rush community for his or her contributions to diversity and inclusion. The Clapp award ceremony is part of diversity week, an annual series of presentations and activities at Rush that helps members of the Rush community to understand each other better and to work together better in providing patient care, educating future health care providers, and conducting research that may lead to new medical treatments.
The award is named for a former executive vice president of Rush University Medical Center and executive director of Rush University Hospitals, who passed away in 2012 at age 54. Clapp also was chair of Rush’s Diversity Leadership Council, which sponsors diversity week and established the award in 2010 to honor him as a leader of Rush’s diversity efforts.