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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.  



Having or showing mental or moral strength to face danger, fear, or difficulty: having or showing courage; making a fine show; excellent, splendid.


Suggested talking points
and questions:

  • What are some qualities of a brave person?
  • Do you feel that you are brave? Where or how did you learn to be brave?
  • What does it mean to put on a brave face?

Quotes from UMMC employees:

“To be brave is not to have the absence of fear, but it is to push through fear and stand up for your identity, values, and beliefs. To be brave is to hold wholehearted convictions in the face of your doubts. To be brave is to stand proudly in the light when the world is insistent on pushing you
back to the shadows. ”

Sara “Gracie” Hubacek
MD Candidate, Class of 2022
UMMC Pride Co-President
University of Mississippi Medical Center


Article: Cultivating Everyday Courage
from Harvard Business Review