Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Collegiate Program at The University of New Mexico

The Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Collegiate Program drives the strengthening of principle-based ethics education throughout each participating school. The ultimate goal is to instill a high standard of ethics in our young people. To date, more than 450,000 students, faculty, and businesspeople have been reached by the Collegiate Program.


The University of New Mexico Anderson School of Management Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative started in January 2010 as a funded five year program. The Anderson School serves as a resource for business ethics education across other colleges on campus and all public institutions of higher learning in New Mexico.

In New Mexico, this initiative will be coordinated with New Mexico State University. Resources developed though this initiative will be shared with partner schools in Utah, CO, and Wyoming (University of Utah, Colorado State University, CU-Colorado Springs, University of Northern Colorado, University of Wyoming, University of Denver, and New Mexico State University). This consortium will be involved in significant resource development, collaboration and sharing of best practices in business ethics education.

The resources for this initiative will be used to develop business ethics teaching materials, allow for the development and integration of business ethics education throughout UNM, provide workshops and programs on teaching business ethics, and create competitions and recognition events for principle-based ethical leadership and practice. Fellowships and grants will be provided for speakers, resources, and for faculty to attend workshops. In addition, we will offer a certificate program, student ethical leadership certification, create podcasts, cases, debate issues, and teach a business ethics course. The resources developed for this initiative are available at http://danielsethics.mgt.unm.edu.

In 2014, the NASBA Center for the Public Trust (CPT) is pleased to announce the launch of its Student Ethical Leadership Certification Program. Regarded as the first of its kind, the program is designed to equip professors with an interactive way to teach business ethics and principles of ethical leadership, and position students to recognize ethical pitfalls in business early in their careers.

The program curriculum, available to colleges and universities nationwide, consists of six training modules broken into 15-minute sections. Each module features a combination of interactive presentations, narration, video segments and opinion/polling questions addressing current business issues. Student participants are required to complete all six modules, taking a brief exam at the conclusion of each module. Upon successful completion of all modules, participants will earn their certification in Ethical Leadership from the CPT.

Students can register free for this certification program and all costs will be covered by the UNM Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative. Please contact Wellington Spectic at septic@unm.edu to register.