Equity and Justice

As part of our 2022-2026 Strategic Plan, UMB has developed a new set of core values. During April, the University is celebrating Core Values Month and has compiled definitions and a list of “How to Be a Catalyst” suggestions for each set of core values.

They will be rolled out on The Elm each Wednesday this month. The core values are:

  • Respect and Integrity
  • Well-Being and Sustainability
  • Equity and Justice
  • Innovation and Discovery



We embrace and are committed to diversity, and we value inclusive and just communities. We oppose racism and oppression in all their forms.

How to Be a Catalyst for Equity and Justice

Prioritize and integrate equity: Understand equity and its fundamental role to the University’s culture, promote a culture where all belong, and demonstrate and support equitable practices in the classroom and the workplace at all times.

Seek to listen and learn: Explore one’s own identity and implicit and explicit biases, and provide space to learn about different experiences, backgrounds, and how others might have encountered and overcome systemic barriers based on race, sex, ethnicity, disability, gender, gender identity, socioeconomic status, and/or other dimensions of their identities.

Create inclusive environments: Respect one another as colleagues across power differentials, use inclusive language, commit to anti-racist and anti-oppression practices, and welcome others to contribute ideas and perspectives.

Say and do something: Speak up when you recognize inequity or injustice, particularly if in a position of authority, and take action to address it, such as identifying and correcting policies and practices.

Invest in justice: Provide opportunities for University stakeholders from historically marginalized populations to guide and contribute to institutional efforts that influence and address issues of equity and inclusion, and create opportunities for persons from historically marginalized communities to serve as UMB leaders.

Learn About UMB’s Core Values Month Events

Learn More About UMB’s Core Values

Read President Jarrell’s Letter About Core Values Month

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