Retired United Nations director of ethics to speak October 7 at NIU

Joan Dubinsky
Joan Dubinsky

NIU’s College of Business hosts the fifth annual Building Ethical Leaders Using an Integrated Ethics Framework (BELIEF) Week, which takes place through Friday, Oct. 9. Throughout the five-day event, notable alumni and corporate partners from a variety of industries will speak to NIU business students about best business practices and ethics awareness.

“BELIEF Week is important because of its focus on ethics and ethics education, which spans across the university,” said William McCoy, director of the BELIEF program. “It’s a perfect opportunity for everyone around campus to have more of an understanding of ethics; in particular during students’ time at NIU as well as in their future employment after NIU.”

The BELIEF program is a systematic approach to integrating ethics into the college curriculum.

Officially launched during the fall of 2006, the program’s mission is to “build ethical leaders through the integration of program development, faculty support, business community involvement and learner engagement. Fulfilling this mission equips the learner with a lasting set of practical tools to apply ethical values in business practices.”

A highlight of BELIEF Week will be the keynote address given by Joan Dubinsky, retired director of ethics for the United Nations, at 6:30 p.m./ Wednesday, Oct. 7, in the Barsema Hall auditorium. Dubinsky’s speech, “When Dilemmas Meet Solutions – Global Perspectives in Ethical Challenges and Responsibilities,” will encompass a worldview of ethics and perspectives based on her extensive experience with the United Nations.

McCoy said he was eager to bring Dubinsky to campus after attending an ethics conference she spoke at several years ago.

“She brings a very unique perspective as the director of ethics for the United Nations,” McCoy said. “She not only brings a view from the American perspective, but more importantly a global view. It’s important to have a global perspective of business and society.”

The event is free and open to all NIU students, alumni, friends, faculty and staff. For NIU business students, it is Business Passport program-approved.

For more information, call (815) 753-7807 or email wmccoy@niu.edu.

by Jane Donahue

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