Siegel Institute hosts conclave to examine complex ethical challenges of a global society

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (Sept 14‚ 2006) – The complex challenges of a global society are testing the…

Georgia (Sep 15, 2006) — Siegel Institute hosts conclave to examine complex ethical challenges of a global society

Frances Weyand

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State board members receiving ethical leadership training


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KENNESAW‚ Ga. (Sept 14‚ 2006) – The complex challenges of a global society are testing the capacities of leaders in every sector – from governments to businesses to social services. How can these leaders collaborate to address global ethical issues‚ such as population‚ resource management‚ economic integration and conflict?

The Oxford Conclave on Global Ethics: The Collaborative University is bringing together representatives from government‚ business‚ higher education and the nonprofit sectors to examine that question Sept. 10 – 14‚ in Oxford‚ England.

“This year’s conclave will tackle the question of how our universities can come together with other sectors to put ethical leadership into action‚” President Emeritus Betty L. Siegel said. “How can we bring society’s forces into alignment to build better communities – communities of value – for the future? How can we assure mutual progress in these communities in promoting positive ethical behavior for global change? Our belief is‚ quite simply‚ that we must strive – at all levels of society – to function as caring stewards of the planet.”

The conclave is being hosted by the Betty L. Siegel Institute for Leadership‚ Ethics & Character at Kennesaw State University.

"If you bring people together‚ you can accomplish greater endeavors‚” Siegel Institute Executive Director Dr. Deborah Roebuck said. “You have to raise people’s awareness and give them the choice to change.”

The first Oxford Conclave was held last September. At Siegel’s invitation‚ several leaders of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities joined together to focus on higher education’s role in producing a generation of ethical leaders capable of functioning effectively in an increasingly complex world. Faculty‚ staff and administrators from six AASCU institutions participated in the conclave‚ where a statement of beliefs and responsibilities was drafted.

“It was really interesting to watch last year‚ in the beginning of the conclave‚ participants wondered‚ ‘What does resource management and population control have to do with me?’ but by the end of the conclave the question had become‚ ‘Why not me?’” Roebuck said. “We’re helping to train and educate the future leaders of the world. Therefore‚ we want them to be better educated about the global ethical issues facing our world‚ and we’re trying to instill in them the importance of building relationships that serve the common good.”

The conclave’s statement of beliefs and responsibilities reflects the overall philosophy of the Siegel Institute‚ and has also manifested itself into other initiatives.

For example‚ by invitation of Gov. Sonny Perdue‚ the Siegel Institute is conducting ethics orientations for members of state boards‚ including the University System of Georgia Board of Regents‚ the Department of Community Health‚ the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (BRIGHT from the START) and the Georgia Board of Pardons and Parole. To date‚ 55 of the state’s 300 boards have completed these orientations.

Other institute initiatives include the launching of an international journal‚ the Journal of Ethics in Leadership‚ and an ethical leadership certificate program for faculty‚ staff‚ students and the community.

“The future of the Siegel Institute looks very bright‚ indeed‚” Siegel said. “Whether we are serving existing leaders – as in our work with the state boards – or future leaders – by including students in the dialogue at this year’s Oxford Conclave – we continue to seek to inspire and promote ethical conduct‚ decision–making and leadership for the common good. It is an exciting and necessary mission.”

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Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population approaching 20‚000 from 132 countries. The third largest university out of 35 institutions in the University System of Georgia‚ Kennesaw State offers more than 60 graduate and undergraduate degrees‚ including a brand new Doctorate of Education in Leadership.

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