"At UMMC, there is a rich, vibrant diversity among its faculty, students, staff, patients, and visitors. This academic medical center is not only one of the largest employers within the state, but also a focal point for education, health care, and research in Mississippi. Therefore, we must be leaders in setting the example for celebrating and promoting diversity and inclusion in the institutional environment. Authentic love and care involve cherishing all people from all walks of life. There is no greater honor than to embrace those who are not like me - to call them my friends and to show them that they are loved and that I love them."