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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.  

Word of the Month



the quality or state of being accepted or acceptable

Suggested talking points and questions:

  • How do you define acceptance?
  • What other words go along with acceptance? (For example, tolerance, respect)
  • Why is acceptance in the workplace important?
  • Give an example of acceptance you have seen in the workplace?

Quotes from UMMC employees:

“Acceptance is the ability to recognize the strength and value of people who are different from oneself, diverse ideas, feelings, behaviors and experiences and embrace them by including them in our organizations, communities, and societies.

Organizations that welcome people with diverse backgrounds, points of view and ideas, create positive work environments. In consequence, employees are more engaged, and their productivity and creativity excel.”

Shirley Pandolfi
Cultural Competency & Education Manager
Office of Diversity and Inclusion 


Article: "Managing Mutual Acceptance in Your Team - Do You Welcome the Differences of Others?" - Mind Tools