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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.  

Collage of health care worker photos 


Something set up as an object or end to be attained; a subject under discussion or an action in course of execution 


Suggested talking points
and questions:

  • What does it mean to have purpose?
  • What is an example of purpose in the workplace?
  • What are some effects of purpose?

Quotes from UMMC employees:

From my perspective, purpose embodies the urgency to do something great and without self-absorption. The year 2020 showed us what our collective strength could accomplish. It also awakened us to realities of injustice. Our providers, researchers, staff, and students should be proud of all the good they pour into our communities. Yet, in all things, we must not take for granted our position of building a more equitable world. Our commitment and investments to diversity, equity, inclusion and creating a culture of belonging is something to be proud about. Let us be purposeful."

Dr. Juanyce Taylor

Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer


Article: 'It's Not In My Job Description': 5 Steps To Build Company Pride And A Sense Of Ownership
from Forbes.com