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Cultural Diversity: Our Greatest Asset

Posted On: Thursday, September 08, 2016 Posted By: Diversity Office Tags: Commonwealth Medicine Cultural Diversity Committee

UMass Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine division is made up of people from all walks of life working towards a common mission: helping vulnerable populations. As Executive Vice Chancellor, I am very proud of our culture of inclusiveness. As we unfortunately see more examples of intolerance towards others around the world, we need to continue to cultivate our environment of civility, respect, and acceptance.

diversity committee group photoOne initiative that helps us is our Cultural Diversity Committee, comprised of employees from many different departments across our organization. At a recent presentation, I was struck by what they have accomplished to date to address the diversity and inclusion needs of our workforce and impressed with the plans they have developed for the upcoming year. These will include:

  • A series of diversity dialogues to better understand our employees’ experiences and needs
  • Leadership training to help us recruit, cultivate, and retain an inclusive and respectful workforce
  • A “campus read” event aligned with the National Alliance on Mental Illness’s (NAMI) CEOs Against Stigma campaign aimed at reducing stigma in the workplace (I was one of the first to sign on to the CEOs Against Stigma campaign, and we’ve hosted a couple of NAMI’s “In Our Own Voice” educational sessions.)

If you are interested in learning more about our Cultural Diversity Committee, please contact one of the co-chairs, Jorge Sanchez or Theresa McGauley-Keaney.

As I frequently say, our greatest asset is our people — not just because of our combined talents and intellect, but the diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and humanity we bring to our workplace every day.

Joyce A. Murphy, MPA

Executive Vice Chancellor