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Shelton and UT Dallas Partner for Ethics Symposium

Shelton School presented its 19th Annual Ethics Symposium on February 6th.  High school students from six schools attended the day-long event, held for the second year at the Davidson-Gundy Alumni Center at The University of Texas Dallas, in partnership with UT Dallas’ Naveen Jindal School of Management.  Activities included guided discussions, small group exercises, and panel discussions with guest presenters. Keynote speakers and panelists engaged students with lessons learned from real-world professional experiences.  Each panelist came prepared with an ethical dilemma to share for dialogue with students.

Clint Bruce (CEO of Hold Fast and co-founder of Carry the Load Foundation) gave the charge for the day and spoke with students about finding their North compass point through ethics.  Keynote speaker was Bryan Kelley.  Denied parole 13 times, Kelley says he today sits on the other side of the fence as Chief Empowerment Officer with Prison Entrepreneurship Program.  Students resonated with his message about changing directions in life to become part of the solution, instead of remaining part of the problem.  Kelley shared with attendees his passion and commitment to restorative work with former felons.  

On the panel lineup were: 

ETHICS AND MEDICINE – Bill Henry (CEO, MHBT), Robert Kaiser (Clinical Prof. Healthcare Leadership and Management, UT Dallas) and Mari Lu Correa (Family Care Coordinator, Southwest Transplant Alliance).

ETHICS AND TECHNOLOGY – Theresa Brown (TI.com Experience Director), Eric McGehearty (CEO, GlobeRunner) and Kalen Nelson (Quality Assurance Tester, Bottle Rocket).

ETHICS AND RELIGION – Heather Mustain (Minister of Missions & Advocacy, Wilshire Baptist Church) and Father Joshua Whitfield (Pastoral Administrator, St. Rita Catholic Community).

Zac Ladd, dean of students with Shelton’s high school, coordinated other activities led by Shelton ethics instructors Mary Bashara, Wil Matthews and Tobin Knox.

Says Shelton executive director Suzanne Stell, “I look forward to this event each year. I am always inspired to hear such in-depth discussion by our youth as they examine the choices required to develop ethical decision-making skills.  We were pleased to partner again with UT Dallas this year, since we are close neighbors and place a mutual emphasis on ethics with our curriculum.” 

Now in its 43rd year, Shelton has had an ethics curriculum and program since 1997. 

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Saturday, February 16, 2019