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Faculty in the News—August 29th Edition

DU faculty were in the media this week discussing how CEOs take moral action, the need for regulation in coaching and a new immigration ordinance up for a vote in Denver. Read on for more from Don Mayer, Brian Gearity and Christopher Lasch.


Don Mayer, professor of the practice of business ethics and legal studies at the Daniels College of Business, writes in an op-ed for the Boulder Daily Camera about how the CEOs of major US companies have had to make difficult moral choices recently. “What’s ‘good for business’ is no longer so predictable in a world of social media, a non-stop news cycle, and a nation riven over race, religion, guns, gender identity and much more,” Mayer writes. He lists several examples, from Apple’s Tim Cook and Salesforce, Inc’s Marc Benioff’s public rebukes of states who passed “religious liberty” legislation, to the recent disbanding of President Trump’s advisory councils. “Above all,” he writes,” CEOs must listen to their stakeholders and have their moral support, even if it means losing access and discourse with the highest office in the land.”


Last week, disturbing videos of an East High School cheerleading coach’s abusive practices came to light. Brian Gearity, director of the sport coaching program at the Graduate School of Professional Psychology, spoke with KUSA about how coaches should be trained. “Here we are again in 2017 with really abusive and poor coaching practice,” Gearity says. “This should not happen at all.” He adds, “Thinking about this incident, what meaningful reform are we going to have? Is anybody in Colorado or nationally going to have a national conversation on regulating our coaches?”



5280 magazine reported on the efforts of the Immigration Resistance Network, a coalition of seven Colorado immigrants’ rights groups, who are lobbying the Denver City Council to better protect the city’s immigrant and refugee population. Their efforts have led to a municipal ordinance, the Public Safety Enforcement Priorities Act, which will soon come up for a vote. Christopher Lasch, associate professor at the Sturm College of Law, says that the ordinance is an important first step. “[W]hile there is still much work to be done toward disentangling Denver and making justice available equally for everyone in the city and county, it’s encouraging to see the mayor and Council dedicated to working together with community advocates to make this happen,” Lasch says. “With this additional work, Denver could become a model for other jurisdictions.”