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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.  



Formal reserve or seriousness of manner, appearance or language; the quality or state of being worthy, honored, or esteemed.


Suggested talking points
and questions:

  • How do you treat a person with dignity?
  • What is the importance of dignity?

Quotes from UMMC employees:

“When I reflect on the word "dignity," I am quickly reminded of the powerful role that it plays for each individual, and every walk of life. I strongly embody dignity within my core values; and believe that every person is designed to have inherent dignity. Specifically, in our workplace environment, it is essential that dignity be communicated by others, wherein every individual is worthy of respect. Explicitly, everyone in our organization, irrespective of their position, title, race, gender, and sexual orientation -- deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. It is very important to value every person as an individual, respecting their views, to not make assumptions, and understand that our uniqueness is important and it is what makes us essential. Once we recognize that we have a shared identity, our shared desire for dignity will transcend all of our differences. We must understand that we are stronger together, and the glue that holds our relationships together is the mutual acknowledgement of the desire to be seen, heard, listened to, respected, and treated fairly. Therefore, dignity truly is one of those links that can help make a big difference in this world; so let us all be those BEACONs to spread and share its profound message. We all deserve dignity and are valuable!"

Zonzie McLaurin, DHA, MPH, BHSA

Associate Director
Office of Mississippi Physicians Workforce
School of Medicine


Video: What is Dignity?
from YouTube.com