Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative @ Trinidad State

Trinidad State College is member school in the Southern Colorado Ethics Consortium of the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Collegiate Program at UCCS College of Business. The Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Collegiate Program at the UCCS College of Business supports the Southern Colorado Ethics Consortium for higher education institutions in the southern half of the state with ten partner institutions to expand best practices in ethics education. The UCCS College of Business is one of eight original participating schools in the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Collegiate Program that now includes twelve participating schools. The Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative 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.

Instructor Bill Hatcher created a volunteer project for students involving ethics that gets them involved in their community. The project requires students to individually research a topic of interest that they choose from a predetermined list. Students then choose to investigate gender and sex discrimination, race and ethnicity issues, socioeconomic class (specifically the homeless) or environmental issues using the following DFEI principles as a framework.

Next, students set up an interview with a community professional invested in their area of interest. They then create a "question bank" from which to conduct/record their interviews. Two or three questions asked by each student must reference the DFEI principles.


FOREST HEALTH AROUND THE SLV
Student Cecelia Harrison conducted her interview with Alamosa Field Office Forestry Supervisor, Adam Moore, regarding forest health in the mountains surrounding the the San Luis Valley (SLV). This interview is critically important in light of recent wildfires in Colorado and the West.

The interview aired on local radio station KRZA in Alamosa, Colorado on 11/5/20.

RACE & ETHNICITY: What exactly are they?
Student Denys Bachurin conducted his interview with Trinidad State Professor of English, Rhonda Shoenecker. This conversational interview explores the deep and ubiquitous topics of race and ethnicity as social constructs in the world today, running the gamut from family and community to nation and world.
This interview aired on local radio station KRZA KRZA in Alamosa, Colorado at 8:30 AM on Thursday 12/3.


FOREST HEALTH AROUND THE SLV: Economics, Ethics & Management
Student Wyatt DePriest conducted an interview with Alamosa Field Office Forestry Supervisor, Adam Moore, regarding forest health around the SLV, with a focus transparency with the public, fairness among users, and rule of law. This interview focuses more on economics, forest ethics, and management.

The interview aired on local radio station KRZA in Alamosa, Colorado on 1/7/21.

RACIAL INEQUALITY IN THE SLV AND BEYOND
Student Ismael Ramirez interviewed Israel Garcia, Senior Community Organizer at The Colorado Trust, regarding the pervasive issue of ethnic and racial inequities. In their conversation, they investigate what systemic racism looks like at the local and national scales, as well as how the Daniels Fund principles of ethics may provide a path toward ameliorating some of these issues.
The interview aired on local radio station KRZA in Alamosa, Colorado at 8:30 AM on Thursday 5/6/21.


SEXISM: EVERYWHERE AND INVISIBLE
Student Adrian Jaramillo interviewed Amanda Pearson, Development Director at La Puente, regarding the critical issue of gender discrimination in the SLV and beyond. In their discussion, they integrated Daniels Fund ethics principles as a means of exploring ways in which to reduce discrimination and improve gender equity in the long-term.

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