UCCS and Daniels Fund to spearhead ethical business education in southern Colorado

Tracy Gonzalez-Padron
Tracy Gonzalez-Padron

The College of Business, in conjunction with the Denver-based Daniels Fund, is launching a program to broaden its principle-based ethics education to nine colleges and universities in southern Colorado.

This program commits $120,000 towards training, support and engagement with the cooperating schools during the next four years.

Housed in the College of Business, the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative at UCCS is a resource for principle-based ethics education, serving students, educators, business leaders and the community, and will serve as the hub for this outreach. Each college will select an ethics champion who will spread learning opportunities to their respective campuses with support from Tracy Gonzalez-Padron, program director. The participating schools are:

  • Adams State University
  • Colorado State University – Pueblo
  • Ft. Lewis College
  • Western State Colorado University
  • Lamar Community College
  • Otero Junior College
  • Pueblo Community College
  • Pikes Peak Community College
  • Trinidad State Junior College

The schools are all part of a Southern Colorado Higher Education Consortium, a group of southern Colorado colleges and universities that work cooperatively to increase the number of southern Colorado residents who attend college.

“We are delighted to expand the success of the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative at UCCS throughout more of southern Colorado’s higher education institutions, including many of our partner schools and universities,” Venkat Reddy, dean, College of Business, said. “Ethical decision making skills have never been more important in business and throughout society, and we are excited to be a resource and catalyst for this important curriculum.”

Since 2010, the UCCS College of Business has developed curriculum to embed ethical decision making across business disciplines. The college has led an effort to spread principle based ethics across all areas of academic study on the campus and into the greater community. Through a collaborative effort involving 36 UCCS faculty, members of the community, and 11 institutions of higher education in the Daniels Fund Ethics Consortium, the UCCS College of Business is a strong ethics education resource for southern Colorado.

“Our founder, Bill Daniels, considered his reputation for honesty and integrity to be his most valuable business asset, and he believed in the importance of teaching ethics in colleges and universities,” said Linda Childears, president & CEO of the Daniels Fund. “We are excited about this opportunity to expand principle-based ethics education to reach so many students throughout southern Colorado.”

— Eric Nissen, College of Business


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