Bryan’s House: #SummerofService

June 24 begins an exciting weekly profile from the Ethics Center targeting a Maguire Public Service Fellow who is dedicating time this summer to public service or ethical research. This week we’ll be visiting with undergraduate senior Claire Wilt who is volunteering with Bryan’s House, a non-profit caring for Dallas children diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and other debilitating illnesses.

Just west of Westmoreland Road in West Dallas is Bryan’s House, a non-profit organization offering medically managed care for children, adolescents and teens. What began as a care center for children affected by HIV/AIDS over 27 years ago has expanded in support to families living with cerebral palsy, autism, Down Syndrome, and a range of medical conditions. Maguire Ethics Center Public Service Fellow Claire Wilt is volunteering with the non-profit this summer.

“My work at Bryan’s House varies greatly day to day,” says Wilt. “From building and managing social media presence for the organization…working with local TV stations and other media to promote the agency…[website] content updates and coordination with writers, editors and staff, and administrative projects.”

Claire Wilt

Maguire Public Service Fellow Claire Wilt hard at work at Bryan’s House in West Dallas.

Bryan’s House began in 1987 with a group of volunteers who started providing hospice care for Dallas children sick and dying with HIV/AIDS. This child care was conducted initially from their own homes and was soon moved to a renovated home center in the Oak Lawn area. The organization was named Bryan’s House after the son of Lydia Allen, a founding volunteer, who was among the first children in the Dallas area to die from AIDS.

“Spending my summer helping those facing these serious health problems will allow me to gain a new, more encompassing perspective as I open my eyes to the ineffable suffering of many people and the importance of providing a support system for them to rely on.”

Claire is dedicating her summer to increasing the visibility of Bryan's House online and in the community.

Claire is dedicating her summer to increasing the visibility of Bryan’s House online and in the community.

Because the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now view AIDS as a chronic disease that can be medically managed and federal funding has therefore reduced, Bryan’s House is meeting the needs of low-income families struggling with other uniquely difficult disorders. But there are big plans on the way for the organization.

“This summer Bryan’s House is opening up a second infant room as part of our Heroes Program which will provide care for sick children from low-income, at-risk families,” says Wilt. “Bryan’s House is always looking for new ways to help more families in the Dallas community.”

A few colorful features of the Bryan's House outdoor play area.

Colorful features of the Bryan’s House outdoor play area.

 The SMU Maguire Ethics Center is proud to support Claire’s valuable work this summer as a Public Service Fellow. Make sure to come back next week for more inspiring stories of service from our other Maguire Public Service Fellows.

www.smu.edu/ethics

Posted in Education & ethics, Public Service Fellowships, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Our Financial System is only as Strong as Our Confidence, says Terry Smith, CEO of Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas

“Tell It Like It Is: The Ethics of Financial Transparency” is the first panel session today at the Ethics, Trust & Transparency  conference and features Terry Smith, President and CEO, Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas, with Allan Sloan, Senior Editor-at-Large, Fortune.

“I believe the most important lesson the recent financial crisis taught us is that our financial system is only as strong as the confidence it instills in those that rely upon it.” says Terry Smith. “Market participants lost faith in the accuracy of the information they were receiving from both the private sector and government.  The level of uncertainty created by the resultant distrust of any clear, transparent information related to the condition of major corporations and potential government responses led to the near-collapse of global capital markets.

Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Good Capitalism Lifts People and Raises Happiness, says Doug Levy

Speaking at the Ethics, Trust and Transparency conference this week, Doug Levy is the CEO of imc² believes strongly in the power of capitalism and the importance of preserving the ethics within capitalism.

Continue reading

Posted in Business ethics, Education & ethics, Journalism & ethics, Maguire Ethics Center news, Politics, government & ethics, Society & ethics | 1 Comment

The Difference in Transparency and Disclosure from Allan Sloan of Fortune

On Wednesday at the Ethics, Trust and Transparency conference, Allan Sloan the Senior Editor at Large for Fortune will speak on a panel dealing with financial transparency.

“There’s a huge difference between transparency and disclosure,” says Sloan. “Companies, especially companies doing business on Wall Street, make endless disclosures-but they’re not necessarily of any use to anybody other than the company and the people who get paid big bucks to create opaque documents.

Continue reading

Posted in Business ethics, Education & ethics, Journalism & ethics, Maguire Ethics Center news, Politics, government & ethics, Society & ethics | 1 Comment

We cannot rely purely on rules to govern ethical behavior, says conference speaker Judy Nadler

Senior Fellow in Government Ethics for Santa Clara University, and speaker at this week’s Trust, Ethics & Transparency conference, Judy Nadler explains, “The law is the floor, not the ceiling. Just because something is legal doesn’t mean it is ethical. It is critical to view ethics from a values-based perspective.”

Continue reading

Posted in Business ethics, Journalism & ethics, Maguire Ethics Center news, Politics, government & ethics, Society & ethics | Leave a comment

Ethics and Trust is Not a “One and Done” Activity, says Best Buy Chief of Ethics

Ethics is something that needs to continuously nurtured, invited and discussed says Kathleen Edmond, Chief of Ethics for Best Buy and speaker at the Maguire Center’s Ethics, Trust & Transparency conference.

In an interview, Edmond said “One of the things that is imperative is we have to listen and invite the conversation” of ethics, trust and transparency in the business setting.

Continue reading

Posted in Business ethics, Journalism & ethics, Maguire Ethics Center news, Politics, government & ethics, Society & ethics | Leave a comment

Transparency and Accountability are Essential in Business, says Keven Ann Willey

What is the purpose of business? That’s the question Keven Ann Willey, Vice President and page editor of The Dallas Morning News, will answer while speaking on transparency and accountability at this week’s Trust, Ethics & Transparency conference.

“We will be discussing what the purpose of business is,” said Willey.  “To maximize profits for shareholders? To provide desired goods and services for mutual benefit?”

Continue reading

Posted in Business ethics, Journalism & ethics, Maguire Ethics Center news, Politics, government & ethics, Society & ethics | 1 Comment

Trust is Key to Business Development, says Keynote Speaker Matthew Harrington

The state of trust today across all institutions, whether government, business, media or non-governmental is extremely fragile says Matthew Harrington, CEO and President of Edelman and keynote speaker at this week’s Trust, Ethics & Transparency conference.

“In this environment it behooves any organization to make building trust a priority,” said Harrington, “because trust, the belief that an individual or enterprise will do what is right, is what provides the license to operate.”

Continue reading

Posted in Business ethics, Education & ethics, Journalism & ethics, Law & ethics, Maguire Ethics Center news, Politics, government & ethics, Society & ethics | 1 Comment

Dallas City Council Headed to “Trust, Ethics & Transparency Conference

The Dallas Morning News reported in a City Hall Blog story Sunday that the Dallas City Council may attend this week’s Ethics, Trust & Transparency conference en masse. Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

“Ethics, Trust & Transparency” Conference Will Be Streamed

Next weeks Ethics, Trust & Transparency conference on the SMU campus just got easier to attend with the announcement that the entire event will be streamed on the web.

Every minute of the conference, beginning at 8:20 am, Wednesday, November 2, 2011 will be video streamed free-of-charge on the main page of the Maguire Center’s website at http://www.smu.edu/Provost/Ethics.aspx

The Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility will host the Ethics, Trust & Transparency conference on Wednesday, November 2, 2011 in the Jim Collins Conference Center on Southern Methodist University’s Dallas campus. Registration to attend the conference is open to the public. For more information and to register online, click here or copy and paste this URL in your web browser.

http://www.smu.edu/Provost/Ethics/NewsRoom/Events/EthicsTrustTransparency.aspx

###

Posted in Business ethics, Ethics in the news, Journalism & ethics, Maguire Ethics Center news, Politics, government & ethics, Society & ethics, Uncategorized | Leave a comment