SPA was the recipient of a Daniels Fund grant designed to promote and highlight ethics in the SPA curriculum through awarding tuition scholarships. Eight students — 6 graduate and 2 undergraduate — were chosen based on their application essay that asked them to analyze an ethics dilemma from several perspectives: utilitarianism, the Kantian categorical imperative, and a care-based perspective.
The eight students each received tuition scholarships for their spring 2017 “Leadership and Ethics” courses. This inaugural class of SPA ethics fellows included:
|Amy Whitley||Afton Lynch|
|Megan Garn||Jessica Silva|
|Tarin Crookston||Heidi Williams|
|Damaris Delles||Lee Damuth|
As part of their fellowship, each student interviewed two nonprofit or public sector leaders about an ethical situation or dilemma that challenged them as a leader. From that group, the fellows chose Timnath City Manager April Getchius to speak at the ethics fellowship culminating event on May 3, 2017.
The event was a celebration of the importance of ethics in the personal and public spheres. Getchius’ keynote was spot on in conveying the importance of understanding that, in addition to following our organizational codes of ethics, we always want to ensure that ‘our moms would be okay reading about us in the newspaper.’
Ethics fellows Tarin Crookstone, Damaris Delles and Heidi Williams were integral to the evening’s success. A video recording of the event is available on the SPA YouTube playlist; there is also a brief video compilation of each student describing what they learned from the course.
Thanks to SPA faculty members Robyn Mobbs and Denise Scherberle, who incorporated the ethics fellowships in their classes. Faculty members Wendy Bolyard and Jane Hansberry provided the organizational oversight for the fellowships.
~Post by Jane Hansberry