Business School students Patrick Thom, Lesley Dominguez, Madison Kachel, and Aidan Lunde created the short film titled #MeToo, earning first prize in the NASBA Center for the Public Trust (CPT) 2018 Ethics in Action Video Competition and 1,000 dollars.
A video competition showcasing ethics
The annual competition seeks creative video entries showcasing examples of ethical behavior in the business world. This year, the winners competed with 37 video entries from 13 college and universities nationwide.
“The Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative has again allowed us the opportunity to further strengthen our ethical foundation here at the Business School,” said Dean Rohan Christie-David. “Our new StudentCPT Chapter has proven that they are a powerful resource to help students develop life-long integrity and ethical fortitude and we couldn’t be more proud.”
CU Denver’s StudentCPT chapter is supported by the CU Denver Business School’s Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative (DFEI), a grant the Business School uses to strengthen ethics education as a pillar of success in business. While housed in the Business School, the StudentCPT chapter is open to all CU Denver undergraduate and graduate students.
Having only formed their Student Center for the Public Trust (StudentCPT) Chapter in March, the students knew if they wanted to compete in the competition, they’d have to move fast. They brainstormed ideas on current ethical business topics and settled on the #MeToo movement.
“As we develop as leaders, it’s very likely we will be placed in situations where we have significant authority and power to do good in an organization. It is our goal that this video encourages viewers to listen to ethical mentors, and to speak up for others when they can’t speak up for themselves.” – Patrick Thom
Ira Selkowitz, the student club’s faculty advisor, noted, “I am proud of the student chapter members’ dedication and especially pleased that they incorporated the values of the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative and their classroom learning in the video to illustrate the importance of a ‘speak-up’ corporate culture.”
“I am proud of the student chapter members’ dedication and especially pleased that they incorporated the values of the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative and their classroom learning in the video to illustrate the importance of a ‘speak-up’ corporate culture.” – Ira Selkowitz
The StudentCPT chapter’s goal is to provide programs illustrating how business ethics is crucial means to long-term success in business. The video competition was the chapter’s first such project.
Daniels Fund at CU Denver
The CU Denver Business School received a five-year grant in 2015 to participate in the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Collegiate Program, aimed at strengthening ethics education for business students and extending ethical behavior beyond campus and into the community.
The DFEI seeks to strengthen the teaching of principle-based ethics, promote the practical application of ethics-based principles in curricula, provide students the opportunity to practice ethical leadership and decision-making, and engage the business community.
The Student Center for Public Trust
The Student Center for the Public Trust (StudentCPT) is a national network of college students who demonstrate a commitment to ethical leadership. Chapters are hosted on college campuses across the country, which provide students with opportunities to participate in training sessions, conferences, community service and business ethics competitions.
StudentCPT chapters are supported by the NASBA Center for the Public Trust (CPT), which works to create opportunities for students to network with the business community and learn how to market themselves in the job market after graduation.