Eller College Expands annual High School Ethics Forum to Phoenix
April 3 forum challenges high school students to think critically about personal ethics
TUCSON, Ariz. – March 27, 2009 – Three years after its inception, The Eller College of Management’s High School Ethics Forum is expanding to Phoenix. The event is scheduled for April 3 at the Eller College Scottsdale Campus; the program expansion is made possible by support from PricewaterhouseCoopers.
"The High School Ethics Forum provides the students with a terrific opportunity to identify, evaluate, and discuss real-life ethical dilemmas," says Reed Mittelstaedt, a PricewaterhouseCoopers partner in Phoenix. "PricewaterhouseCoopers has been a proud sponsor of the program in Pima County for the last two years and we are excited to be a part of the Eller College's plans to expand the program to include high school students in Maricopa County this spring."
The event is coordinated by Eller College undergraduate students from the Eller Board of Honor and Integrity; Paul Melendez, director of the ethics program and public policy lecturer at the Eller College of Management, writes topical case studies for the high school students and provides them with an ethical framework so they can evaluate the case over the course of the day. The student teams will develop ethical, responsible, and practical solutions for each case, and then share their conclusions with the entire group.
“The experience challenges students' moral reasoning, provides a wonderful networking opportunity, and raises students' awareness of the importance of corporate social responsibility,” says Melendez.
For this year’s events, the students will discuss ethics problems revolving around employers using social networking sites for hiring, students selling class notes against a professor's wishes, and the social harm associated with video games. After discussing with participating undergrad students from the Eller College of Management, the high school students will present their solutions for each case.
Seven Valley school districts will be represented at the event — Chandler, Cave Creek, Gilbert, Scottsdale, Mesa, Brophy, and Xavier. The event will conclude with a luncheon and a keynote address by Patrick Kuhse, a recognized authority on business ethics with a compelling personal story.
The Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona is internationally recognized for pioneering research, innovative curriculum, distinguished faculty, excellence in management information systems, entrepreneurship, and social responsibility. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller undergraduate program No. 11 among public business schools and two of its programs are among the top 20 — Entrepreneurship and MIS. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller MBA Full-Time program No. 48 in the U.S. In addition to a Full-Time MBA program, the Eller College offers the No. 25-ranked Evening MBA program, the Eller Executive MBA and the Online MBA. The Eller College of Management supports more than 5,800 undergraduate and 800 graduate students on the UA campus in beautiful Tucson, Arizona, and on its satellite campus in downtown Phoenix.
Liz Warren-Pederson, Eller College of Management
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