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Interfaith Observances Planning Calendar

Interfaith Observances Planning Calendar.pdf UMMHC and UMMS respect religious differences and acknowledge that genuine conflict may exist between an observance and scheduled meetings and events.  State and federal law require that we make reasonable accommodation to the religious needs of employees. The law also allows that such accommodations honor the primacy of our commitment to patient care and business needs, and not unduly burden other employees or disproportionately affect the religious observer.  This Interfaith Observer Planning Calendar lists major religious holidays, but does not include all religious holidays observed by every faith. It is intended to encourage consideration of these days of observance when scheduling meetings and events.

Please see the PDF of interfaith observances for inclusive planning purposes.

For further information on other religious holidays observed by our employees and patients, please consult the Interfaith Calendar website.  

Holiday Celebration Guidelines 2017.pdf

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Diversity Calendar

Events Mar 24 to Apr 20 2018
  • Tuesday, March 27, 2018

    Women’s History Month " Nevertheless She Persisted: Women in American Medicine—and at UMass Medical School"

    11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    Ellen S. More, Ph.D.
    Join us for Women’s History Month as we celebrate "Nevertheless She Persisted: Women in American Medicine—and at UMass Medical School." Our Featured Speaker is Ellen S. More, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychiatry, UMMS. Dr. More will present on the obstacles women have faced—and overcame—in the U.S. in the fields of medicine and biomedical sciences. Drawing on the research from her new book on the history of University of Massachusetts Medical School, Beating the Odds, she will als ...
  • Wednesday, April 04, 2018

    Nowruz Celebration; An intercultural, interfaith experience

    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Nowruz is a New Year’s celebration, marking the beginning of spring. Come learn and experience this cultural event historically observed in Persia. This event is part of the Interfaith Employee Resource Group’s series of interfaith observances experiences by UMass Caregivers. At this event, we will have samplings of traditional celebratory food, drink and music as well as short presentation about the history of Nowruz now celebrated across the globe.
    This event has been rescheduled due to the ...
  • Wednesday, April 11, 2018

    National Minority Health Month “Bridging Health Equity Across Communitie”

    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    Brooke Ayoka Cunningham, MD, PhD
    UMass Memorial Health Care and UMass Medical School join Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health in commemorating National Minority Health Month to highlight the health disparities that persist among racial and ethnic minority populations. This year’s theme is Partnering for Health Equity which speaks to a renewed commitment to end health disparities. 
    At our annual event, the Cultural Competence in Medicine Award will be presented by CEO Dr. Eric Dickson and the Graduate Medical  ...
  • Thursday, April 12, 2018

    Book Discussion: The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work by Shawn Achor

    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    Learn about different stress management skills/techniques as well as ways to develop professionally within yourself.
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