What is the Southern Colorado Ethics Champion program?
In 2016, the DFEI at UCCS offered an Ethics Champion program to colleges in the Southern Colorado Higher Education Consortium (SCHEC) through the support of the DFEI at UCCS. The SCEC includes Adams State University, Fort Lewis College, CSU-Pueblo, Lamar Community College, Otero College, Pikes Peak Community College, Pueblo Community College, Trinidad State College, and Western Colorado University. College presidents selected one faculty member to be an Ethics Champion for their campus. The Ethics Champions promoted ethics education on their campus.
In 2019, the Daniels Fund awarded us added funds to expand the ethics champion program into a Southern Colorado Ethics Consortium. See more information at SCEC Website.
In 2020, the ethics champion pilot program with the Southern Colorado Higher Education Consortium (SCHEC) became the DFEI Collegiate Program at UCCS Southern Colorado Ethics Consortium, which allows inclusion of more schools in the region, and recognizes that the collaboration on ethics education and student engagement opportunities goes beyond ethics champion projects.
The goal of the UCCS DFEI SCEC is to expand principle-based ethics education in Southern Colorado through Southern Colorado higher education institutions. Through this program, we aim to create a collaborative community to champion principle-based ethics in Southern Colorado. We know when we reach the program’s goal when sharing best practices becomes the norm and educators learn from each other. These participating schools are:
Adams State University
Colorado State University – Pueblo
Ft. Lewis College
Lamar Community College
Pikes Peak Community College
Pueblo Community College
Trinidad State College
United States Air Force Academy
Western State Colorado University.
College presidents select up to two faculty members or staff to be Ethics Champion(s) for their campus. The SCEC Ethics Champions program complements the UCCS Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Fellows program where nominated faculty champion ethics in their discipline. The Ethics Champions from the SCEC schools join with the UCCS Ethics Fellow to share best practices and learn from each other. Ethics Champions attend a Welcome Dinner and Orientation in August with incoming UCCS Fellows and Student Ethics Ambassadors.
Participating schools compete in the annual UCCS DFEI Business Ethics Case Competition, plan and attend the SCEC Ethics Summit, and host events sponsored by UCCS and the SCEC schools.
Financially, we support the member schools by:
DFEI at UCCS SCHEC Ethics Champions receive a stipend and travel expenses for taking part in an Ethics Champion Orientation in Colorado Springs.
Host student teams for UCCS ethics case competition with food and lodging if needed.
Host students, educators, and business people to SCEC Ethics Summit with food and lodging. Offer funding for speakers, events, and workshops on their campus. See Funds Request.
If your school is interested in applying to the UCCS DFEI SCEC, please contact the DFEI at UCCS at DFEI@uccs.edu
What is the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Collegiate Program?
The Daniels Fund Board of Directors established the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Collegiate Program in 2009 as a five-year pilot. The effort was officially launched in early 2010 with eight business schools at universities in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming as initial partners. Due to its success during the pilot phase, the Collegiate Program was renewed in 2014 for an additional five years (2015–2019), and the number of partners was expanded to include ten business schools and one law school.
The Collegiate Program drives the strengthening of principle-based ethics education throughout each participating school. The ultimate goal is to instill a high standard of ethics in our young people.
Participating schools in the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Collegiate Program become members of the Daniels Fund Ethics Consortium. Working together, Ethics Consortium members leverage individual school achievements to further strengthen and expand ethics education in the region.
What is the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Collegiate Program at UCCS?
The Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Collegiate Program at UCCS College of Business (DFEI at UCCS) is a resource for principle-based ethics education, serving students, educators, and the business community.
The UCCS College of Business is one of eight original participating schools in the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Collegiate Program. and is an active member of the Consortium. While housed in the College of Business, the DFEI at UCCS supports the entire campus to strengthen the teaching of principle-based ethics, promote the practical application of ethics-based principles in the curriculum, provide student opportunities to practice ethical leadership and ethical decision-making, and engage the business community.
At UCCS, we are LEADING STUDENTS TO SUCCESS THROUGH THEIR ETHICAL COMPASS.
In the 2020-2021 academic year, we reached 11,819 Students, 728 Educators/Staff, and 15,784 Community Members.
What are the focus areas of the DFEI at UCCS?
The Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Collegiate Program at UCCS focus areas of ethics offer practical tools for identifying and addressing ethical consideration in specific industries or context.
Why do good people do bad things? How do people make ethical decisions? Behavioral ethics seeks to understand the rationalizations and biases leading to misconduct.
Ethics and Technology
What are the potential risks for ethical misconduct in the future? Explore the ethical risks in communication and technology innovation.
Ethics and Fraud
Explore the dangers posed by fraud, identify fraudulent scenarios and make principle-based ethical decisions to prevent fraudulent actions.
Ethics in the Organization
Organizations that exhibit ethical behavior place ethics in high regard in their corporate culture. Learn more about the benefits of strong organizational ethics.
Ethics in Sport
A web portal with resources on ethics in sport for academic institutions, students, sports business, youth sport organizations and associations.
What are the learning outcomes of the DFEI Collegiate Program?
The Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Collegiate Program focuses on student learning.
What are principle-based ethics?
Bill Daniels believed deeply in ethics and integrity, and the importance of absolute ethical principles. As an exceptionally honest and fair businessman, he always based his decisions on what he believed was right – not just on what he thought was best for himself or his company. This attitude and style of conducting business earned Bill tremendous respect and loyalty throughout the business world.
We believe ethics education must convey that principles are constant foundations — not relative to a specific situation — and that doing what is right prevails over self-interest when the two may appear to be in conflict.
The Daniels Fund and the Collegiate Program partner schools established these straightforward and understandable principles that form the foundation of all Ethics Initiative activities.
What is a Southern Colorado Ethics Champion?
The Ethics Champion will engage with the DFEI at UCCS to spread ethical learning opportunities to their respective campus as well as share successes and best practices with all the SCHEC schools.
Ethics champions are expected to make a substantial contribution to facilitating the objectives as part of the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Collegiate Program. They encourages learning opportunities in ethical thought and decision making to their respective campus and area of focus as well as develop materials for ethical education in the classroom, workshop, or other platform. Ethics Fellows share their ideas in Ethics Roundtables at UCCS or on their campus. During their term (academic year), they serve as the primary contact for their college and area of focus to the DFEI at UCCS team. A SCEC Ethics Champion earns a stipend during their term and receives training and support from the DFEI at UCCS
What does an SCHEC Ethics Champion do?
The Ethics Champion advocates ethics in their discipline or school and promulgate the outcomes of his or her project through publication, teaching, and public discussion. This includes, but not limited to:
Work to expand the engagement of students on their campus in ethical thought and principle-based decision-making.
Participate in workshops, events and competitions hosted at UCCS.
Coordinate a UCCS faculty led “Teaching Across the Curriculum Workshop” to highlight principle-based ethics education in all disciplines; OR hold special topic events on their campus which will be open to all interested faculty, students, and community.
Invite their campus community to take part in workshops and speaker series throughout the academic year.
Be the primary contact for the DFEI at UCCS.
Attend an Ethics Fellow & Champion orientation program in August.
Promote principle-based ethics education in their discipline or school.
Develop course material applying the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Principles.
Encourage participation in ethics events such as the UCCS Ethics Case Competition and Ethics Summits.
Contribute to their bio page for SCEC Ethics Champions and Focus Areas with materials about ethics education projects on campus. links to videos, research, and materials relevant to the focus areas most related to your expertise.
Organize topical ethical workshops at campus.
Present material at UCCS or own campus to share experiences in teaching ethics education. Provide ethics class material (i.e. Syllabi, cases, debates, role-plays, PPT) which addresses practical and professional ethics in the Fellow’s discipline.
Submit a summary report of accomplishments to DFEI at UCCS.
Who is eligible to be an SCEC Ethics Champion?
Ethics Champions must be a Faculty or Staff of a member school of the Southern Colorado Ethics Consortium and nominated by the college president. Ethics champions may be from any discipline but should focus on ethics in the workplace.
Each Ethics Champion would serve in the position for one to three years.
What is the application process to become a SCEC Ethics Champion?
The application process for the next academic year is from April to June with a call for nominations sent to Presidents of each school and current ethics champions. Educators interested in becoming an ethics champion must get upline supervisor approval (department /dean) before applying.
Apply online no later than July 15. Or by email to Tracy Gonzalez-Padron at email@example.com
Please supply the following information for each ethics champion:
A brief introduction on why choosing to serve as an SCEC Ethics Champion.
When are stipends awarded?
For the 2020-2021 academic year $1000 will be awarded to each ethics champion (two per school), paid 50% after attending orientation and 50% upon receipt of end-of-year report.
How are the Ethics Champions recognized?
Acceptance letter to champion and administration of college.
Press releases sent out to local media announcing the champions.
Bio, photo, project information and material posted on the DFEI website.
Name tag ribbons “Ethics Champion” provided for all UCCS events.
How may a UCCS DFEI SCEC Ethics Champion promote their term?
Include on your resume or online CV "[Academic Year] UCCS Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative (or DFEI) Ethics Champion".
Presentations or material presented can include recognition of being a champion per instructions above, and also include acknowledgement of support of the DFEI Collegiate Program at UCCS.
Include DFEI Collegiate Program at UCCS logo and DFEI Principles on promotional flyers
Are there special opportunities available to Ethics Champions?
Yes, there are sponsored ethics trainings, summits and seminar events. You may request funding for specific projects, events and conferences you may wish to attend as it that pertain to your fellowship’s area of focus. and Teaching Ethics Opportunities for details.
How can we engage students on our campus?
In addition to classroom learning, student engagement activities offer an opportunity to show an understanding of principle-based ethics, ethical decision-making, and ethical leadership. Student participation in seminars and workshops and ethics case competitions augment the classroom experience and generate further learning. Through our SCEC program, more student engagement opportunities will be available. Check out Student Opportunities on our website.