Why Attend the Ethics Discussion Den at the GPA National Conference?
Friday, October 16, 2020
Posted by: Jane A. Howard, MA, GPC
I have participated in the Ethics Discussion Den at the GPA National Conference each year for over a decade. I have learned something new every time. Sometimes I learned another way to look at an ethical dilemma, a new perspective, or a new conundrum that I had not previously considered. Sometimes I learned about other areas of the Grants Profession with which I was not as familiar. Sometimes, I made new connections, shared information, and learned from a colleague I would never have otherwise met.
At one point, I decided being part of the Ethics Committee would be an excellent way to develop my knowledge as a Grant Professional. I have been a member of the Committee since, which has been a rewarding growth opportunity for me. I sincerely recommend it.
The Ethics Discussion Den always has some interesting and lively discussions. It is a safe place to explore situations you have encountered and receive input on best practices and ways to respond. The primary function of the Den is to have a meaningful exchange about ethics, common ethical challenges, how to address those challenges, and how to share the importance of ethics with those we serve as grant writers and grant managers. Seasoned Grant Professionals and newer Grant Professionals alike can gain from these dialogues.
You can also provide input to the Ethics Committee at the Discussion Den. If you think we should address a question in our publications, or you would like more training about an ethics concern on your mind, bring it to the Den. If you have an idea for a new process or a way to share Ethics with the GPA membership or associates, the committee would like to hear about it. Our goal is to have a rich conversation that will increase knowledge, practice, and dissemination of information about the ethics of grant writing and management. Discussion Den explorations and suggestions have also informed the updates made by the Ethics Committee to the educational materials and processes related to ethics queries and complaints.
Members of the Ethics Committee will be at the Discussion Den in November, ready to get to know you and discuss the ethics questions you have encountered. Or, if you are not yet ready to discuss, just listening to your fellow Grant Professionals and hearing about the ethical challenges they have faced is an excellent learning experience.
Being a good steward of grant resources and contributing to the stability of the organization(s) you serve as a Grant Professional is made easier by having a firm grasp of ethical practices in the writing and management of grants. The Ethics Discussion Den is an excellent place to develop your breadth and depth of ethics knowledge!
Author Bio: Jane Howard, MA, GPC, is the Contract and Grant Director for Heartland Family Service in Omaha, Nebraska. She currently serves as a Co-Chair of the Ethics Committee. She is the Vice President of the GPA Nebraska Chapter and has been a member of GPA since 2007.
GPC Competency 6: Knowledge of nationally recognized standards of ethical practice by grant developers.
Theme: Understanding the GPA Code of Ethics