What is the DGSOM Cultural North Star?

Values that unite us 

We believe that a strong organizational culture is critical to our ability to achieve our mission and vital to our well-being and cohesion as a community. The Cultural North Star helps us build and maintain an inclusive, mission-driven culture by mapping our decisions, actions, and interactions to a shared framework.

Make Things Better 

Make things better
  • We are united by our shared mission of advancing science and medicine
  • We work together to eliminate inequity
  • We are grounded in ethics and data
  • We balance the short and long term effects of our actions

Do What’s Right

Do what's right
  • We come to work to make an impact
  • We are constantly curious
  • We seek out diverse voices
  • We embrace failures as opportunities to learn
  • We come to work to make an impact
  • We are constantly curious
  • We seek out diverse voices
  • We embrace failures as opportunities to learn

Be Kind

Be Kind
  • We are strongest when we show empathy
  • We have the courage to be honest
  • We listen to understand
  • We engage in dialogue even when we disagree
Cultural North Star Day celebrations in Switzer Plaza

Commit

Building a strong organizational culture takes more than message points. It takes an active effort, every day, from every member of our organization.

Shared Commitment
DGSOM staff members at an event

Connect

We are working to build a community around our values. Participate in skill-building workshops and other events that bring colleagues together.

Events
Faculty and Staff group

Recognize

We all know those people who go above and beyond — who see a challenge as an opportunity, who remain kind and collaborative in the face of conflict, who exemplify the Cultural North Star in their work, actions, and interactions. Take a moment to recognize them!

Recognize Someone
Cheng Ramirez goes the extra mile for the clinic, staff and patients. She is approachable and looks for ways to hep if there is ever a challenge.
Kim Perez has been a rock star with all aspects of the GME Orientation. Even with the issues that can come up, she learned from them and is already working to make things better for next year.
CNS Nonoguchi Recognition Quote

Contact Us

We welcome all feedback, questions and ideas! 

Cultural North Star Program Manager

Natalie Perry, PhD. njperry@mednet.ucla.edu

Meet Our Partners

"The Cultural North Star helps guide our everyday decisions and interactions from a place of mutual respect, trust, and optimism."