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“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” — Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela

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Humanism Defined

WesternU Humanism encompasses values that we regard to be vital to our mission in health care, education, and community. These values include: acceptance, altruism, caring, compassion, diversity, empathy, equity, fairness, inclusion, integrity, kindness, and respect. ​

– To be humanistic is to commit to these values​

– To be humanistic is to intentionally embed these values in our missions, goals and practices​

– To be humanistic is to act in ways that exemplify these values and shape our culture​

– To be humanistic is to reflect on our progress and remain accountable to these values​

​Embracing Humanism empowers us to serve and grow as individuals and as a community. Only when we do the life-long and daily work of commitment, intention, action, and reflection can we truly embody WesternU Humanism.