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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.  

February's Word of the Month is Culture

Definition:

The customary beliefs, social forms, and material traits of a racial, religious, or social group, also: the characteristic features of everyday existence (such as diversions or a way of life) shared by people in a place or time: the set of shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices that characterizes an institution or organization 

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

Suggested talking points
and questions:

  • Define culture in your own words?
  • What do you think is most interesting about your culture?
  • Have people made incorrect assumptions about your culture?
  • Why is it important to understand cultural differences, especially in the workplace?

Quote from UMMC faculty, employees, and students:

As a first-generation Indian-American, I always try to take the opportunity to educate other people about my culture and learn about other peoples’ cultures. I believe that this is a great perk of living in such a diverse country. When we take the time to learn about other peoples’ cultures, we get to see what makes them unique and can understand them better. Aside from healthcare, I believe that we should always be mindful and respectful of other peoples’ cultures and be open to learning about cultures we are not accustomed to. Doing this will allow us to grow more as individuals."

Neil Paul
Master of Health Systems Administration
School of Health Related Professions, Class of 2023
University of Mississippi Medical Center

This month recognizes:

National Black History Month
American Heart Month &
National Wear Red Day (Friday, Feb. 3, 2023)

Resource(s):

 Article: "The Concept of Culture: Introduction to Spotlight Series on Conceptualizing Culture"

The Concept of Culture: Introduction to Spotlight Series on Conceptualizing Culture

from Taylor & Francis