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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

August - STEREOTYPE

Definition:

an often unfair and untrue belief that many people have about all people or things with a particular characteristic

Suggested talking points and questions:

Article (external link):

Stereotypes - Gendered Innovations in Science, Health & Medicine, Engineering, and Environment

Quotes from UMMC employees:

“A predetermined belief about a certain person or situation.”
 Felicia Sterling
Hospital Tech II 

"Over the years, I’ve held stereotypes, changed them (for myself and others), and I’ve even been the stereotype. I have found the greatest disservice is to the one who holds the stereotype. It’s basically a short-cut to getting to know someone because your arrogance assumes you already know who and what they are about. When you take short cuts, you miss out. You are robbing yourself of one of the greatest pleasures in this life ... getting to know people. The best part about stereotypes? Yes, there is a 'best' part: they can be changed."
Adrienne Murray 
Director - Nursing Quality
Development and Professional Practice

Resource:

Video: 3 Questions: Haydn Shaw on Generalizations vs Stereotypes - YouTube

Video: Stereotyping in the Workplace: Definition, Examples & Effects - External site