T. Marc Futter Ethics Program

T. Marc Futter Program for Ethics in Leadership and Integrity in Action

Funded by the generosity of benefactor T. Marc Futter, the Program for Ethics in Leadership and Integrity in Action is a University-wide initiative, incorporated throughout the undergraduate curriculum. Based on the belief that ethics is reflected in both words and actions, the Program includes an intense ethics discussion for all incoming students at New Student Orientation, followed by the signing of the Honor Pledge at fall convocation and an ethics speaker in the spring. Ethical concepts are infused throughout the curriculum in all majors and examine the basic notions of “right” and “wrong” in contemporary society. Students develop and define their individual standards of ethical behavior relevant to their personal and professional lives.


The Bay Path University Honor Pledge 
As a Bay Path University student, I will honor myself and my fellow students. In making this commitment, I will act with honesty, integrity, and respect and will take responsibility for my actions.


Past Speakers Featured in the T. Marc Futter Program

Digital Citizenship and Media Literacy (Spring 2018)

For the twelfth annual program in this series, we’re happy to welcome as our keynote speaker Dr. Marialice B. F. X. Curran, founder and CEO of the Digital Citizenship Institute.  Dr. Curran has taught at the University of St. Joseph in West Hartford and been a middle school teacher, principal, and library media specialist.  As a pioneer in digital citizenship, she developed and created the first 3-credit digital ctiizenship course for teachers in the United States.  She co-founded the Digital Citizenship Summit and serves on the leadership team of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).

A reactor panel of one faculty/staff member (Peter Testori, Executive Director, Center for Online & Digital Learning) and one student (Leo Torres, Educational Technology tutor) will apply Ms. Curran’s remarks to a Bay Path context.

The Ethics of Food (Spring 2017)
For the eleventh annual program in this series, we’re happy to welcome three speakers who have had firsthand experience in the local area working to improve access to fresh, nutritious, and affordable food in the city of Springfield and on issues of food justice in the surrounding area:


Elizabeth O’Gilvie – Chair, Springfield Food Policy Council. Through the SFPC and several other organizations, Liz is involved in a wide range of initiatives to improve access to high quality, culturally appropriate food for the people of Springfield, both through local community and school projects, and also through efforts to improve public policies which promote food justice:


Neftali Duran leads the Nuestra Comida Project at Nuestras Raices, a grassroots urban agriculture organization based in Holyoke that creates healthy environments and more equitable food systems in New England by facilitating community leadership, education, food access and public policy change. Neftali’s work is informed by his own experience as a migrant worker from Oaxaca, Mexico and 18 years of experience in the U.S. restaurant industry as chef, baker, and small business owner.


Sarah Bankert has worked in the field of public health for the past 10 years to create healthier communities by supporting community-led processes for change.  She currently manages Healthy Hampshire, a regional community health collaboration that works with municipal leaders to promote access to healthy foods and opportunities for physical activity in Hampshire County and the Hilltowns.


The Ethics of Immigration (Spring 2016)
For the tenth annual program in this series, we’re happy to welcome three speakers who have had firsthand experience in the local area working with and, in two cases, even being refugees from other countries and recent immigrants to the United States:


Deirdre Griffin, J.D. – Deirdre earned her bachelor’s degree in government from Bowdoin College and her law degree from Boston College.  She practiced immigration law in Cambridge, and later spent five years as the Operations Manager for the Massachusetts State Trial Court Office of Interpreter Services.  Deirdre moved to Springfield  eight years ago to live with a community of Catholic Sisters, the Sisters of Saint Joseph, at The Gray House in Springfield’s North End.  She ran the food pantry and thrift store there for two years before joining JFS as New American Program Director in January 2015.


Nasra Ali earned her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting in Somalia, and came to the United States to study computer science in New York City.  She has worked in refugee resettlement for 14 years.  She is a Caseworker with the JFS Resettlement and Community Support Programs, working with newly-arriving refugee families from Somalia.


Mamoun (Marc) Dulaimy came to the United States as a refugee from Iraq.  He has worked with JFS for 6 years.  He is currently a Caseworker with the JFS Community Support Program, as well as the Coordinator of Cultural Orientation services and the Refugee School Impact program.  Mamoun earned his Master’s degree in Communications and Information Management from Bay Path University in 2011. 


Living an Ethical Life (Spring 2015)
We’re happy to welcome three speakers – women leaders of three generations – who are devoting their lives to the search for world peace by thinking globally and acting locally:


Frances Crowe – Still going strong in her mid-90s, this legendary peace activist has lived and worked in Northampton for over half a century, where she ran a regional office for the Quaker-based American Friends Service Committee for many years, and recently published her memoir, Finding My Radical Soul.


Rev. Sarah Pirtle, MEd. – Inspired by Frances Crowe to work for social change, this peace educator and musician based in Shelburne Falls has published 5 books and 9 CDs for adults and children, taught graduate education courses on social skills and music, and founded the Discovery Center for Peacebuilding in 1992 to provide school residencies.


Alicen Roberts – Also inspired by volunteering with Frances Crowe as an undergraduate student, this 2013 graduate of Smith College and veteran of living and working at the intentional community Agape in Hardwick is now making a difference at Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries, “the greater Boston area’s oldest interfaith social justice network.” 


The following link is the full presentation for your enjoyment. 


Protecting Your Privacy: What Can You Do? (Spring 2014)
Alan Boulanger, Information Security Specialist, author, BPU adjunct faculty
In his book 
The Smart Woman’s Guide to Privacy Protection, Boulanger puts forth that “starting with something as innocent as a work email address, anyone with an Internet connection could be looking at the front door of your home in a few minutes. It has become that easy.”  We welcomed Boulanger to campus in March 2014 when he cautioned that you could be putting your personal privacy at risk. Boulanger has provided information security-related technical expertise to the business community, the US Secret Service, FBI, the US Military and other federal agencies.  He is currently Senior Security Architect at BlueRISC – a provider of innovative cryptographic hardware/software solutions to the computing and mobile markets.


Preventing Violence in our Schools and Beyond Panel (Spring 2013)

  • Deanna Suomala, principal at the Washington Elementary School in Springfield, MA
  • Charlene Korza, school social worker at the Granby Jr.-Sr. High School in Granby, MA
  • The Honorable Judith Phillips, Associate Justice of the Hampden County Juvenile  Court in Springfield, MA
The shootings in Newtown, CT, have sparked discussions and changes in school security and how it impacts a culture of learning where children are also expected to be safe and nurtured. What must we do to keep our schools safe? Who should be included in the discussion about school violence? How can we prevent violence? These questions and many others were explored during the program.


To Choose or Not to Choose  (Spring 2012)
Rev. Irene Monroe, lesbian theologian, scholar, writer and activist
On March 27, 2012, Rev. Irene Monroe returned to Bay Path to speak with the community on “To Choose or Not to Choose: Exploring how a Personal and Collective Agency of Choice Ethically Impacts Schools, Self and Society”. The community was presented with various case studies and asked to use their ethical decision making skills. She currently is a Huffington Post blogger whose writings appear in 43 states across the country and in the U.K.


Alliance Building  (Spring 2011)
Rev. Irene Monroe, lesbian theologian, scholar, writer and activist
On March 22, 2011, Rev. Irene Monroe addressed the Bay Path community on “Alliance Building: Talking and working across our varied identity politics”. Monroe discussed how everyone either is now, or has been, or will be at some time a target of social oppression or bullying. Working together, we can become allies, and take on the role as an ally for someone else. Rev. Monroe is the former Coordinator of the African American Roundtable of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry (CLGS) at the Pacific School of Religion. She currently is a Huffington Post blogger and as syndicated queer religion columnist, her writings appear in 43 states across the country and in the U.K. and in publications such as The Advocate, New England Bay Windows, Boston In Newsweekly, and The Witness.


The Wrongfully Imprisoned  (Spring 2010)
Stephen Saloom, Policy Director, The Innocence Project
The Innocence Project is a national litigation and public policy organization that works to exonerate wrongly imprisoned individuals. Mr. Saloom discussed the recent recommendations from the National Academy of Science on strengthening forensic science in the United States and the ethical implications of the recommendations.


Using the Poor to Conduct Drug Trials  (Spring 2009)
Sonia Shah, investigative journalist and critically acclaimed author.
Ms. Shah spoke about her research supporting her most recent book, The Body Hunters: Testing Our World’s Poorest Patients on New Drugs. Ms. Shah discussed the various Food and Drug Administration regulations and how the pharmaceutical companies in the United States conduct drug trials and tests using impoverished individuals throughout the world.


Ethical Issues Surrounding Third Party Reproduction  (Spring 2008)
Halina Wiczyk, M.D., Reproductive Endocrinologist
Dr. Wiczyk’s provocative talk challenged the students to consider criteria of age, anonymity, familiarity, family structure and relationship, fresh versus frozen embryos and genetics in third party reproduction.


Ethical Issues in Monitoring Clergy Offenders  (Spring 2007)
Reverend William Toller, Clergy monitor for the Diocese of Springfield
Rev. Toller, an ordained deacon in the Catholic Church, administers to clergy who have been removed from the ministry for violations of trust, including sexual abuse.