Culture Journey challenge encourages focus on university values


University of Michigan faculty and staff are invited to take part in a challenge to learn more about the university’s core values.

The Values Challenge is designed to help faculty, staff and units learn about and engage with the university values by completing at least five activities by June 28.

Some of the activities are as simple as taking a walk on campus and noticing the values on signs and banners, or watching a values video. Participating in team or individual activities can add up quickly and earn free swag for the participant.

One activity in the challenge is to listen to one or more episodes of the “Culture Journey: Engaging Our Community” podcast, which provides an opportunity to learn how the university values are being put into action.

New episodes are released twice per month during the academic year and once per month during the summer.

Recent episodes include:

  • Exploring Michigan Medicine values, allyship and solidarity in the workplace.
  • Earl Lewis, director of the Center for Social Solutions and the Thomas C. Holt Distinguished University Professor of History, Afroamerican and African Studies and Public Policy, speaking about values-driven leadership and navigating the challenges of effecting high level change.
  • A conversation about responding to patient hair care requests with Megan Johnson, clinical nurse specialist at University Hospital and an adjunct clinical instructor in the School of Nursing, and Steve Vinson, diversity, equity and inclusion program manager for Ambulatory Care at Michigan Medicine.

The Culture Journey Values Toolkit includes a range of tools and resources for individuals and units to support, promote and learn about the values, including:

  • Information and tools for leaders and individuals to promote and recognize desired values behaviors.
  • Zoom backgrounds, word search, posters and digital templates to promote the values.
  • New swag order form for departments.
  • Educational opportunities.

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