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Dean’s Update, December 16, 2011

Ukleja Center Keeping Busy

Ethics at The Beach Student Seminar. The Ukleja Center partnered with ABSOC and Law Society to offer the 6th annual Ethics at The Beach seminar for students at The Pointe on November 4th.

Over 175 students attended the half-day workshop featuring a keynote speaker from The Ken Blanchard Companies, Dr. Victoria Halsey.  Dr. Halsey’s interactive presentation focused on practical applications by analyzing situations that reveal many common sense (but unfortunately not common practice) ethical models.  Students also had an opportunity to listen to a panel discussion on real-world examples of ethical leadership challenges in the workplace.  Panelists included Damon Dunn, Co-Founder and Partner of Tricor; Sandra Evers-Manly, VP Corporate Responsibility at Northrop Grumman; and Patrick McClenahan, President and CEO of 2015 Special Olympics World Games.  Daily 49er Editor-in-Chief Zien Halwani served as moderator.

Students were asked to commit to making two behavioral changes in their lives as a result of the seminar.  Here are some of their commitments:

  • Worry less about what will make everyone happy and more about making the ethical and right decisions.
  • Create my own code of ethics.
  • Consider and implement my code of ethics in everything I do.
  • Strive for more integrity and accountability in all aspects of my life at all times.

Thanks to sponsorships from Target, ASI, and County of Los Angeles Supervisor Don Knabe, students walked away with a new lens with which to view ethics and an increased ability to make the best decisions for themselves and the people around them.
Students from diverse disciplines across campus participated in Ethics at The Beach

Students from diverse disciplines across campus participated in Ethics at The Beach

William Dickson Faculty Fellows Program.  The Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership is delighted to announce its 2011-2012 Leader-in-Residence, Damon Dunn, who shared his knowledge and experience with a variety of student groups during the fall semester.  Serving as a panelist during Ethics at The Beach, Damon also made presentations to the President's Scholars, President's Ambassadors, Student African American Brotherhood, and in several classrooms across campus.  Students who had an opportunity to hear his inspiring story were clearly moved.  As one participant described, “It was great to see how Damon Dunn has gone above and beyond how he grew up.  His story made me believe in myself and that I can get anywhere in life.”

Born to a 16-year-old single mother, Damon Dunn grew up in extreme poverty outside the city limits of Fort Worth, Texas.  He lived in a three-bedroom trailer with nine other family members.  His father was killed when Damon was three and two of his uncles were sent to prison. However, Damon’s mother persevered by finishing school and being a role model and support system for her son.  With the challenges of his humble beginnings, Damon grew up to be a high achiever.  In high school, he was an honor student and a Texas All-State Football player.  Subsequently, he was awarded a scholarship to Stanford University where he continued to excel in academics and athletics.  After graduation, Damon played professional football for four NFL teams, the Jacksonville Jaguars, Cleveland Browns, New York Jets, and Dallas Cowboys.  Upon leaving the NFL, he co-founded Tricor Corporation, a successful real estate development and investment firm.  At the age of 35, Damon has retired to focus on giving back and helping today's youth succeed in school and in life. 

After giving nine Leader-in-Residence presentations this fall, Damon Dunn will continue to engage with our university community from 2012-2014 as one of the Ukleja Center’s William Dickson Faculty Fellows.  Be on the lookout for upcoming events with Damon Dunn.

Damon Dunn (3rd from right) with some of our President’s

Damon Dunn (3rd from right) with some of our President’s