Mark Smith, instructor for Environmental Economics, discusses the impact that corporate structures can have on environmental issues at the local level. The class project is to identify options for offsetting the carbon emissions of the FAC. Read More
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Student Spotlight: Chris Pleasance ’21
Chris Pleasance ’21 is working for the nonprofit startup SOS Bend, whose mission is to help local businesses in Bend, Oregon weather the COVID-19 crisis.
Chris commented that, SOS Bend creates “an online platform to connect individuals with local businesses so that they can purchase store credit for future use. This gets money directly into the hands of struggling local business owners while enabling community members to make a difference from the safety of their homes.”
Chris worked on the video project below and has since taken on a full-time content marketing role with SOS Bend to promote their mission of supporting local business.
AEA procedures for violations of Code of Conduct and Policy on Harassment and Discrimination
The American Economic Association has taken several important steps to improve the professional climate in economics. As part of this continuing effort, today we are pleased to report on establishing a set of guidelines for investigating complaints that officers and/or members of the Association have violated the Association's Code of Conduct and Policy on Harassment and Discrimination.
The AEA Code of Professional Conduct, adopted by the Executive Committee in April 2018 after consultation with the membership, was supplemented by a more detailed Policy on Harassment and Discrimination, also ratified by the Executive Committee. Acknowledgment and acceptance of both the Code and the harassment and discrimination policy is now required for participation in any AEA-sponsored activity or committee. During 2019, AEA members voted to amend the AEA bylaws to add a provision so that a member and/or officer who violates the Code or the Policy may be sanctioned or membership may be terminated as voted by a two-thirds majority vote of the Board of Trustees. The amended bylaws can be read in their entirety at https://www.aeaweb.org/resources/member-docs/certificate-of-incorporation-bylaws.
The new guidelines for investigating complaints, and, if necessary, imposing sanctions, have been approved by the Executive Committee and are effective immediately. They are posted on the AEA website at https://www.aeaweb.org/go/policy-hd/procedures. Instructions for filing formal complaints with the Association's Ethics Committee, and for consulting with the AEA Ombudsperson about potential complaints, are also available at https://www.aeaweb.org/go/policy-hd/formal-complaint and https://www.aeaweb.org/about-aea/aea-ombudsperson/faq.
The Association remains committed to improving the professional climate in economics and considers the adoption of these guidelines another important step in helping make our field accessible and welcoming to anyone with the interest and ability to make a career in it. We ask for the support of all members in these efforts.
Initiatives and Events
The Economics and Business Department hosts several events each month. In addition to student led initiatives by the Investment Club and the Women in Business Club, the department hosts a the H. Chase Stone Seminar Series with guest speakers who augment student learning outside a formal classroom setting. Furthermore, the department invites guest speakers as its Food-For Economic Thought (FFET) series lecturers, and invites high-profile speakers each year for the H. Chase Stone Lecture. Economics & Business Dept. faculty host large networking events to connect current students with alumni, and supports the Senior Research Symposium each spring - where thesis students present their process and results.
Nancy Heinecke, Academic Assistant