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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.  



An arrangement to meet or be present at a specified time and place: a job or period of employment especially as a performer; something that engages; the act of engaging; the state of being engaged; emotional involvement or commitment.


Suggested talking points
and questions:

  • Why is employee engagement important to an organization?
  • Can an organization be successful without employee engagement?
  • Is leadership responsible for ensuring employees are engaged and understand the vision of the organization?
  • How does engagement affect productivity?

Quote from UMMC faculty, employees, and students:

“Engagement is mission-driven. Our UMMC mission 'to improve the health and well-being of patients and the community through excellent training for health care professionals, engagement in innovative research, and the delivery of state-of-the-art health care' engages us across the organization and at all levels. A common goal connects us, inspires us, motivates us, and strengthens our efforts to keep moving—toward #AHealthierMississippi.”

Jeanna Wilkes, DHA, MBA, MCA
Coordinator, Special Projects
Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor for
Academic Affairs
University of Mississippi Medical Center

This month recognizes:

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ+) Pride Month
Men’s Health Month
National Cancer Survivors Day (Sunday, June 4, 2023)
Family Health and Fitness Day (Saturday, June 10, 2023)
Juneteenth (Monday, June 19, 2023)
World Sickle Cell Day (Monday, June 19, 2023)


 Article: "The Impact of Engaging Leadership on Employee Engagement and Team Effectiveness: A Longitudinal, Multi-level Study on the Mediating Role of Personal- and Team Resources"

The impact of engaging leadership on employee engagement and team effectiveness: A longitudinal, multi-level study on the mediating role of personal- and team resources | PLOS ONE