Every year in April, Assumption College students have an opportunity to attend the annual Business Ethics Lecture and hear from speakers that range from former White House advisors to sport coaches.
This year’s speaker was Robert Lewis Jr., a nationally recognized advocate for urban youth. He is a founder and president of The BASE, a certified training academy that combines sports and academic opportunities for inner city minority students in grades 7-12. Assumption College is a partner of The BASE and awards yearly scholarships to qualifying students who have participated in BASE programs.
During the lecture, sponsored by the Assumption College MBA Program and Department of Business Studies, Lewis explored how the changes in U.S. demographics yield opportunities for corporations to help address diversity issues.
“America’s new and changing demographics are key and necessary to the sports scene, from a place of attendance, spending, and creating new fan bases —which, in the end, all drive revenue,” said Lewis.
Similar to the efforts of the organization he has founded, Lewis calls on businesses at large to act responsibly and create advancement opportunities for minority and urban youth.
An audience of hundreds, including faculty, staff and students attended the lecture, which was followed by a Q&A where a number of Assumption business students were able to talk directly with Lewis.
Beyond the annual Business Ethics Lecture, the topic of ethics and social responsibility is an important component across the curriculum and many Assumption business courses including auditing, international management, sport management, the environments of business and many accounting courses. Business students also have the option of taking Business Ethics, PHI 320. The course provides a review of main theories of ethics and justice and how these theories apply to business. The course examines case studies and legal decisions involving issues of the rights and responsibilities of business with regard to employees, consumers and the government.
Pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business at Assumption College means more than gaining the skills needed to build a successful career in the private, public or nonprofit sector. As an institution deeply rooted in the Catholic intellectual tradition, Assumption College teaches students ethical and socially responsible business practices that prepare them for a complex and ever-changing global business environment.