The Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Mississippi Medical Center established The Pillars: Recognition of Service & Inclusive Excellence to honor individuals who have made meaningful contributions that broaden diversity and promote a climate of inclusion in the UMMC commUNITY and beyond. Examples of areas where contributions can occur include, but are not limited to recruiting, mentoring, scholarly activity, research discovery, health care delivery, community service, and workforce equity.
The Pillars nomination form
For the Excellence, Beacon, and Inclusion Awards, the activity for which the nominee is being considered must have taken place at UMMC and no more than two (2) years prior to the award date.
The Excellence Award honors a student, resident, or fellow from any school of UMMC who demonstrates an outstanding commitment to the institution’s goals to promote diversity and inclusion within the institution and through service to the commUNITY. The candidate must demonstrate:
Eligibility: Students must have completed one (1) year of coursework, study or training in a residency program at UMMC.
The Inclusion Award recognizes a full-time or part-time executive/administrative, professional, secretarial & clerical, service & maintenance, skilled crafts, or technical & paraprofessionals staff member that does not hold a faculty position who has shown outstanding leadership in expanding diversity and inclusion in the workplace. The candidate must demonstrate:
Eligibility: Staff members must be employed at UMMC for at least one full year.
The Beacon Award honors any clinical or non-clinical faculty member with an academic designation or rank who demonstrates inclusive excellence in teaching, instruction, research, or clinical practice at UMMC. The candidate must demonstrate:
Eligibility: Faculty must be employed at UMMC for at least one full year.
The Inspiration Award will acknowledge a community member or an organization that represents the spirit of diversity and inclusion to receive this award. This award will be given to a Mississippi native, a longtime Mississippi resident, or an organization that has helped advance diverse and/or underrepresented communities through servant leadership in the areas of fairness and inclusion.
The Lifetime Achievement Award acknowledges an alumni who has made a significant contribution to improving health outcomes in diverse communities in the state of Mississippi. The candidate must demonstrate:
Eligibility: Alumni must have earned a degree from any school of UMMC.