UTHealth EO Statement 

From the office of the President logo

To:

The UTHealth Community

From:

Giuseppe N. Colasurdo, M.D., President and Alkek-Williams Distinguished Chair

Date Sent:

Monday, Dec. 10, 2018

Subject:

Reaffirmation of UTHealth’s Commitment to Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action

The leadership of UTHealth remains committed to providing equal opportunity, affirmative action, nondiscrimination, and the prevention of unlawful harassment for all within the university community. For us, this is more than a compliance necessity — it is the recognition that our diversity and inclusion make us stronger as an institution and help us achieve our institutional goals, mission, and vision.

Diversity refers to an awareness of differing beliefs, thought processes, and worldviews that arise from differences in culture, personal experiences, and circumstance. UTHealth benefits immensely from the variety of perspectives that comes from our diversity. Our wide spectrum of backgrounds stimulates innovation and creativity, which increases our ability to prevent, treat, and cure disease through education, research, and clinical practice.

Every year, we reaffirm our commitment to equal education and employment opportunity at UTHealth regardless of one’s race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by law. Discriminatory harassment, whether sexual or nonsexual, is strictly prohibited. We actively seek to ensure that all aspects of employment, education, and university program participation remain free from unlawful discrimination and harassment. All employees are expected to comply with this policy and to ensure any actions involving faculty, staff, and students are initiated and administrated in compliance with our commitment to equal opportunity and affirmative action.

I ask you to join me in fostering a climate of mutual respect on campus in order to make possible the full and effective use of our diverse talents. Visit our website to view the Equal Opportunity Policy in its entirety, including the complaint procedures and prohibition against retaliation. Also, please review UTHealth HOOP Policy No. 183 concerning Nondiscrimination, Anti-Harassment, and Equal Opportunity, and HOOP Policy No. 59 regarding the institution’s standards against Sexual Misconduct. For more information, please contact Deana Moylan, associate vice president, Diversity & Equal Opportunity, at 713-500-3279 or Deana.K.Moylan@uth.tmc.edu. Diversity & Equal Opportunity is located in University Center Tower, UCT 150, and the main number is 713-500-2255.