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100-Day Workout Diversity and Respect

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is partnering with the 100-Day Workout Diversity and Respect team to help make UMMC a more inclusive workplace. To date, projects include Coffee Talks and Word of the Month.

Employee Engagement Coffee Talks

Through the Employee Engagement Coffee Talk program, employees have the opportunity to meet monthly with senior leaders from across the organization in small (no more than 12) informal groups to discuss current events, points of pride, and barriers experienced by staff.

This program launched in 2018, as a result of the 2017 Press Ganey Employee Engagement Survey Results, to improve survey “organizational respect” scores. From the 2017 survey results, responses relating to organizational respect were favorable and increased slightly in 2018. The Employee Engagement Coffee Talk program is an excellent opportunity to better understand key aspects driving perception. At the conclusion of each session, suggestions from employees are strongly taken into consideration and forwarded to the appropriate area leader to address for any potential action or change in practice.

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.  

100-Day Workout Diversity and Respect team members include:

  • Juanyce D. Taylor, Executive Sponsor
    Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer
    Office of Diversity & Inclusion
  • Guy Giesecke, Executive Sponsor
    Chief Executive Officer
    Children's Hospital
  • Hamed Benghuzzi
    Professor, Clinical Health Sciences
    School of Health Related Professions
  • Robria Daniels-Horton
    Project Manager I, Office of the Dean
    School of Dentistry
  • Patrice Donald
    Director, Patient & Family Advocacy
    Patient Affairs
  • Aggie Sikora
    Project Manager I
  • Audrey Banks
    Manager, Legal Office Operations
  • Brooke Courtney
    Assistant Manager, MedCom Program
    Mississippi MedCom
  • Carrie Colbert
    Administrative Assistant II
    University Heart Administration
  • Christina Nagy
    Hospital Administration Resident
    Tactical Planning & Analysis
  • Dashunda Bunton
    Project Manager III
    Office of Diversity & Inclusion
  • Donnielle Drakes
    Biorepository Specialist II
  • Leila Seidfaraji
    Pharmacy QA Assistant
  • Marty Howell
    Manager, Technical/Admin Operations - Imaging Services
    Radiology Administration
  • Michelle Schweinfurth
    Director, Life Support Training Center
    Associate  Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs
  • Rosie Smith
    RN I, Inpatient
    Post Anesthesia Care Unit
  • Stacee Naylor
    Director, Clinical Research Operations
    The Mind Center
  • Tamara Nelson
    Assistant Professor
    Academic Information Services
  • Wendy Arinder
    RN II
    CC-5 Bone Marrow
  • Xavier Johnson
    Compliance Analyst II
    Integrity & Compliance
  • Connie Suber
    HR Business Partner
    Human Resources
  • Stacy Cobbins
    HR Service/Business Partner
    HR Academics & Research