Core Values

The University of Maryland, Baltimore’s (UMB) core values are at the heart of our mission to improve the human condition and serve the public good of Maryland and society at-large through education, research, clinical care, and service. These core values guide our academic programs, operating philosophy, and commitment to our constituents, while supporting our dedication to global enhancement and social progress.

President Jarrell standing with a Core Values Poster

“At the University of Maryland, Baltimore, our core values demonstrate what we stand for and serve as a guide to how we behave. By acting on our core values, using them to guide our everyday interactions, we make UMB a place where everyone feels welcome, has a sense of belonging, and is supported to succeed.”

President Bruce E. Jarrell, MD, FACS

Respect and Integrity

We value each other and hold ourselves accountable for acting ethically and transparently using compassion and empathy.

How to Be a Catalyst for Respect and Integrity

Promote open communication: Be honest and transparent with others, speak with sincerity and act with compassion, and learn and practice good listening skills.

Act ethically: Adhere to the highest standards of professional and personal responsibility, even when no one is looking.

Show empathy: Demonstrate consideration and compassion for people, help those in need, and act with patience and flexibility especially when unexpected circumstances arise.

Be accountable: Accept responsibility for your actions — good and bad — be reliable and trustworthy, and follow up and follow through on your commitments.


Well-Being and Sustainability

We care about the welfare of our people, planet, communities, and University.

How to Be a Catalyst for Well-Being and Sustainability

Support work-life harmony: Show grace, empathy, and be respectful of others’ workload, allow downtime for yourself and others to refresh and recharge, and make decisions consistent with a healthy quality-of-life philosophy.

Promote healthy behaviors: Practice and encourage activities that foster emotional, financial, mental, physical, and social wellness.

Protect the environment: Consider the immediate environmental impact of your decisions and actions and evaluate the future effects on the habitat.

Use resources responsibly: Encourage conservation and recycling, explore and implement efficient ways to reduce waste, and familiarize yourself with the four pillars of sustainability — social, human, economic, and environmental.

Plan for the future: Incorporate long-term considerations — regarding mission, finances, or other factors — into decision-making.


Equity and Justice

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.


Innovation and Discovery

We imagine and explore new and improved ways to accomplish our mission through education, research, clinical care, and service.

How to Be a Catalyst for Innovation and Discovery

Promote ingenuity: Encourage thinking that challenges constraints and inertia, and imagine what is possible by exploring opportunities through creative ideas and collective talents.

Commit to continuous improvement: Learn from your failures or mistakes and be open to adopting new or changing knowledge, approaches, and ideas to influence positive outcomes.

Support informed courage: Create a culture in which taking thoughtful risks and proposing or pursuing bold ideas is encouraged and expected.

Bolster collaboration: Support interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary teamwork and the sharing of knowledge, leverage insights from others, and promote broad, interinstitutional community input and practice.

Celebrate impactful results: Measure and recognize the effectiveness of new ideas and publicize successes to internal and external audiences.


Core Values Posters

Download a core values poster for your office!

For a complimentary 16x20 poster suitable for framing, please contact Libby Brown at libby.brown@umaryland.edu.

Core Values Virtual Backgrounds

To learn how to add and use these backgrounds, visit the virtual background pages for WebexZoom, and Microsoft Teams.