The Regents Principles of Tolerance
An adoption of the report of the regents working group on Principles against Intolerance policy was passed on March 24, 2016. The policy is attached here (PDF).
Emergency Medicine showcases Principles of Community
April 8, 2016
The university’s Principles of Community received an added boost this week when the Department of Emergency Medicine commemorated the document and the values it represents by dedicating a specially framed copy that had been signed by the entire department.
In the always busy corridor outside of the triage rooms and waiting area, Nate Kuppermann, professor and chair of the department, addressed a small gathering of people and explained why the Principles help provide Emergency Medicine patients, visitors and staff with a way to better understand and value individual differences as well as common ground.
“We are a department of great size and diversity, both in staff and in patients,” said Kuppermann, in brief remarks. “The Department of Emergency Medicine firmly believes in the Principles of Community because they reflect our strong and enduring commitment to our patients, our community, as well as to each other and to the values of UC Davis.”
Kuppermann said that the signed and framed Principles were positioned at the entryway and threshold of the department as “a testament to what we hold dear and true.”
David Acosta, the UC Davis Health's associate vice chancellor of Diversity and Inclusion, also attended the ceremony and commended the department for its efforts to make the Principles integral to the university’s pursuit and achievement of excellence.
“This small but important ceremony is a wonderful model for others to consider,” said Acosta. “Having a signed and framed document acknowledges and puts into practice our shared Principles. It enables us to pursue and achieve excellence at UC Davis, excellence that truly incorporates diversity and makes possible the full, effective use of everyone’s talents and abilities.”
Kuppermann noted that the department’s patients are vulnerable and afflicted by medical illness, trauma and mental health conditions, the full range of medical and social circumstances that can challenge even those with the greatest resilience.
“We must always be particularly vigilant to recognize and respect each patient’s uniqueness, sensibilities and vulnerabilities,” added Kuppermann. “We all work in an honorable profession, and can never forget our responsibilities to each person who walks through our doors. We demonstrate those responsibilities with our empathy, our professionalism and the respectful treatment we offer to every individual.”
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