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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.  



A relation or reference to a particular thing or situation: an act of giving particular attention: Consideration: high or special regard: Esteem: the quality or state of being esteemed: expressions of high or special regard or deference: particular, detail


Suggested talking points
and questions:

  • What does respect mean to you?
  • How do you measure respect in the workplace?
  • What are some respectful behaviors?
  • Do you consider yourself to be respectful?

Quote from UMMC faculty, employees, and students:

“Respect entails having regard for the rights, feelings, traditions, and wishes of others. When we respect one another, we choose to have an awareness of how our words and actions impact others. Regard for others, coupled with awareness of how we treat one another, helps to foster a diverse and inclusive environment in which individuals can feel comfort in expressing who they are.”

Kristen J. Alston, PhD
Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Tenured Associated Professor of Family Medicine
School of Medicine
University of Mississippi Medical Center

This month recognizes:

National Disability Employment Awareness Month
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Health Literacy Month
SIDS Awareness Month
National Medical Librarians Month
Global Diversity Awareness Month
National Healthcare Quality Week (Oct. 15 - Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023)
National Health Education Week (Monday, Oct. 16 - Friday, Oct. 20,  2023)
World Food Day (Monday, Oct. 16, 2023)


Article: Respect in the Workplace: How to Show Respect and Promote It 

Respect in the Workplace: How To Show Respect and Promote It | Indeed.com

Article: Respect: How Managers Can Deliver What Workers Want

Respect: How Managers Can Deliver What Workers Want (shrm.org)