Darden Second Year Chosen for Fellowships at Auschwitz Ethics Program

By Jay Hodgkins

The Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE) announced that it has selected University of Virginia Darden School of Business Second Year Kyle Perez as one of 12 business students chosen to participate in its two-week ethics program in Germany and Poland this summer.

The 2017 program will be led by Darden Professor Mary Gentile and uses the conduct of executives and managers in Nazi-occupied Europe as a way to reflect on ethics in business and leadership today. Perez is one of 63 FASPE fellows selected from more than 1,000 applicants around the world.

“I am looking forward to participating in FASPE as a means to improve my ability to empathize with and better understand viewpoints that may be in stark contrast to my own,” Perez said in a release issued by the program. “FASPE will provide me with two weeks of serious introspection, difficult but productive debates, and the challenge of rethinking the way in which I have thought about and framed ethical issues in the past.”

Perez continues a successful run of Darden students selected for the program, including Katherine Salisbury (Class of 2017) last year and Jacob Shmukler (MBA ’15) in 2015.

Darden’s Center for Global Initiatives (CGI) recently featured Perez — who will work for Danaher Corp. subsidiary Hach Co. after graduation — for his efforts to seize as many global academic opportunities as possible while enrolled at the School.

Kyle’s first international trip through Darden was the Kaizen program in Japan, and it remains his favorite global Darden experience yet. “It was a wake-up call of putting what I learned from Darden to work,” explained Kyle. Kaizen is Japanese for continuous improvement, aptly-named for these trips which are designed to give students the opportunity to work alongside company employees in another country to study and maximize the efficiency of designated processes in a week’s time.

Read more about Perez on CGI’s Global Voices of Darden blog.

About the University of Virginia Darden School of Business

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business prepares responsible global leaders through unparalleled transformational learning experiences. Darden’s graduate degree programs (MBA, MSBA and Ph.D.) and Executive Education & Lifelong Learning programs offered by the Darden School Foundation set the stage for a lifetime of career advancement and impact. Darden’s top-ranked faculty, renowned for teaching excellence, inspires and shapes modern business leadership worldwide through research, thought leadership and business publishing. Darden has Grounds in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the Washington, D.C., area and a global community that includes 18,000 alumni in 90 countries. Darden was established in 1955 at the University of Virginia, a top public university founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819 in Charlottesville, Virginia.


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