FIU Law & M-DCPS Ethics Advisory Committee Host Summit

The FIU Law Center for Professionalism and Ethics and the College of Education recently teamed up with the Miami-Dade County Public Schools Ethics Advisory Committee to lead a one-day summit for students, parents, teachers and employees from Miami-Dade County’s public school system.

The goal of the summit was “to advance a continued dialog that offers a panoply of tools that assist students with developing the necessary skills and high ethical standards for use as they participate in solving problems on a local, statewide, and global scale.”

Providing an overview of cooperative and effective community approaches, the session leaders covered topics ranging from ethics in government to the ethical leadership and decision making in education.

Participants included — Dr. Irma Becerra- Fernandez, Vice President, Florida International University; Dr. Pablo Ortiz, Assistant Superintendent of Miami Dade County Public Schools; Mr. Phil Fitzpatrick, University of Miami, Youth Ethics Initiative; Mr. Joseph Gebara, First Vice President, Legislation and Advocacy, Miami-Dade County Council of PTAs;  Mr. Philip Koenig, Leading Miami; Dr. David Lawrence, The Children’s Movement; Dr. Maria Lovett, PhD, Project Director, The Education Effect: Liberty City Neighborhood School Partnership, FIU College of Education; Ms. Michelle Mason, Senior Associate Dean, Florida International University, College of Law;  Mr. Mike Murawski, Advocate, Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics; Ms. Daneen Regna, Past Chair of Miami Dade County Public Schools Ethics Advisory Committee; Dr. Mark Rosenberg, President, Florida International University; Ms. Jowharah Sanders, Executive Director, National Voices for Equality Education and Enlightenment; Mr. Perry Thurston, Florida State Representative; Dr. Joan Wynne, PhD, Program Leader/Urban Education Master’s Degree, Florida International University, College of Education; and Dr. Lawrence S. Feldman, Vice Chair, Miami Dade Public Schools Board.

Dean Mason remarked:  “The passion and eloquence with which our student-participants spoke of their experiences as they confront  issues of ethics, civility, social justice, and citizenship vividly highlighted that while collectively we may have much wisdom to impart, much can also be learned by us from our children.  The summit was not meant to be a single event, but a starting point for further dialog and new professional relationships.”


Photos from the event can be seen on Flickr

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