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Sukkot is primarily a Jewish tradition as a harvest festival, it commemorates a historical event and it has a spiritual or metaphysical dimension: it is a reminder to us that as human beings, we are vulnerable to God/Nature.
This group provides a network that supports the professional development of Hispanic/Latino employees, increases retention and talent acquisition, and works to drive a positive patient experience for all.
This group aims to support veterans of all branches within the armed forces. Members may be veterans, Reserve or National Guard members, family members of a veteran or simply an individual who desires to support members. The group provides insights to community needs, helps to strengthen the patient experience of veterans and supports the recruitment, retention and career mobility of veterans.
This group focuses on employees who have the ability to speak multiple languages, or who are interested in, the benefits and diversity of speaking multiple languages and its relationship to providing quality patient care. The Language of Healthcare ERG is chaired by Erjona Mehillaj.
This group is open to all employees, particularly Gen X and Millennials, who want to understand and embrace the generational workforce differences that ultimately drive organizational success and the best possible patient care. The GenX Millennial ERG is chaired by Matthew Pfleger.
This group provides a support network and knowledge base for Asian and Asian-American employees and patients. It focuses on health and wellness issues, education, personal and professional development for Asians and creating a positive work environment for all.
The Interfaith ERG promotes religious tolerance, understanding, and the promotion of our core values. The network enables people of all religions to come together and express their faiths in appropriate and meaningful ways in the workplace. It also explores the relationship of spirituality and patient care by enhancing communications among those who share a religious belief. The Interfaith ERG is co-chaired by Melissa Scher and Cecilia Vernes.
This group focuses on specific organizational issues impacting African American employees and patients. It promotes the recruitment, retention and career mobility of African Americans while helping to enhance a positive patient experience for all. The African American ERG is chaired by Sandra Brown.
The Mature Workforce Committee functions as an advocate for faculty and staff over the age of 40, and supports continuous educational and professional opportunities for mature employees. The committee also serves to support employees who are transitioning out of the workplace and preparing for retirement. Thus the committee serves a dual function of retaining mature workers institutional wisdom while also providing support and assistance to retiring employees who seek to retain their connection to UMASS Medical School.
The MAAC makes recommendations to recruit and retain minority faculty and staff. The primary focus of the committee is to foster recruitment and retention of underrepresented minority faculty, residents, and staff. It also strides to help build an inclusive work environment through increased engagement of African American, Hispanic, and LGBT faculty and staff. The committee is co-chaired by José R. Lemos, PhD and Steven Stowe.