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Word of the Month

Each month, there will be a meaningful, positive word posted around campus, underscoring UMMC’s values. The “Word of the Month” is a visual reminder of the institution’s standards when it comes to the promotion of a respectful and inclusive environment. Words are posted in the elevators and bulletin boards around campus. Managers are encouraged to post the word in their departments or units and to use the word as a “talking point” to stimulate dialogue with employees.  

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Definition:

The quality or state of being inclusive: including everyone-especially allowing and accommodating people who have historically been excluded (as because of their race, gender, sexuality, or ability).

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inclusivity 

Suggested talking points
and questions:

  • Does your organization have a culture where everyone feels heard, seen, and valued?
  • How do you promote inclusivity? Have you done so in the past?
  • Is your organization intentional with fostering diversity in workforce recruitment efforts?
  • Why is diversity and inclusion in the workplace important?

Quote from UMMC employees:

“Diversity is a fact. Equity is a choice. Inclusion is an action. Belonging is an outcome.” – Arthur Chan

“Inclusivity does not merely ask about social/ethnic background, sexual orientation, or gender. Diversity is about representation, inclusivity is about how employees feel at work. Inclusivity ensures that all employees are provided equal access to growth and development opportunities and resources, employees feel visible regardless of their job title, employees have psychological safety in their work environment, employees feel like they have a voice and that their ideas are heard, employees are shown how much their contributions are valued by their leadership and employee feedback is measured to reassess outdated workforce policies and practices to help identify any barriers to inclusion. When institutional leadership truly understands how important their staff members are, they will make the necessary effort to include them in every aspect of organizational goals. This is the only way that we can all actively work towards the organization’s mission and cultivate the collaborative environments needed to foster inclusion.”

Venessia Randle
Project Manager I
Office of the Dean
School of Dentistry
University of Mississippi Medical Center

This month recognizes:

National Healthy Vision Month
Jewish American Heritage Month
National Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
American Stroke Awareness Month
Mental Health Awareness Month
World Hand Hygiene Day (Thurs., May 5, 2022)
HIV Vaccine Awareness Day (Wed., May 18, 2022)
National Senior Health and Fitness Day (Wed., May 25, 2022)

Resource(s):

 Article: How to Measure Inclusion in the Workplace
https://hbr.org/2021/05/how-to-measure-inclusion-in-the-workplace
from hbr.org


Article: The Real-World Impact of Workplace Ethics
https://www.shrm.org/resourcesandtools/hr-topics/talent-acquisition/pages/seramount-subha-barry-inclusive-workplaces.aspx
from shrm.org