Published 11/14/16

Annual Ethics Event helps students navigate real-world situations

The Ronald K. and Kati C. Machtley Interfaith Center’s sixth annual Ethics Event provides students with the opportunity to reflect on their own values and practice a process for solving ethical dilemmas and reaching decisions that take their values, other value systems, and the impact of their decisions on others into account.

This year’s Ethics Event features two distinct programs. “Helping When Help Is Needed: Sexual Violence and Bystander Intervention” is part of the University’s First-Year Gateway Experience. Required for all first-year students, the session, to be held from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, is a case study workshop and panel discussion. Students will meet in small groups for the case study workshops to prepare for the panel discussion at 3 in the MAC.

Panelists include:

  • Kelly Boutin, director of the Hochberg Women’s Center at Bryant;
  • Lee Clasper-Torch, the men’s engagement coordinator at the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violent and the Ten Men Project;
  • Stephen Bannon, director of the Department of Public Safety at Bryant;
  • Claire Spaulding McVicker, a member of the Kati Brown Educational Program whose mission is educating people about respectful attitudes and behaviors and relationship violence prevention;
  • Kimberly Maciel of Day One, the Rhode Island agency providing sexual assault treatment, intervention, education, advocacy and prevention services; and a crime victim advocate.  

The second program, “Ethical Leadership for Professionals in the Modern World,” will be held Tuesday, Nov. 15, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Innovation Forum of the Academic Innovation Center. Joseph L. Badaracco, Ph.D., the John Shad Professor of Business Ethics at Harvard Business School, will lead a case-based discussion that raises questions such as: “What are the net consequences of all my options? What are my core my core obligations? What will work in the world as it is? Who are we? What can I live with?”

For more information, contact John Nesbitt, Program Coordinator of the Machtley Interfaith Center, at (401) 232-6119 or