After a few days amidst tremendous poverty, [my students] start to feel discomfort, either from the deprivation they see or the deprivation they feel. I tell them, repeating softly: “It’s not about you.”
Dr. Winston Tellis
Program: Information Systems
Title: Camille and Stephen Schramm Professor of Information Systems and Operations Management
biggest success story
Our business school helped found a number of microfinance organizations – locally run outfits that loan money to people who don’t have collateral – in Haiti, Nicaragua, and South Africa. The organization in Haiti used to have one branch; now it has 31. It used to have 600 customers; now it has 30,000.
Why It’s Not Just About The Business School
Our role is to serve these organizations – not to impose on them. That’s my mantra when I take students on trips to these countries. After a few days amidst tremendous poverty, they start to feel discomfort, either from the deprivation they see or the deprivation they feel. I tell them, repeating softly: “It’s not about you.”
What It’s All About
The work our students do is really about fundamental questions: Who am I? How am I connected to the world? The baker in Haiti, the farmer in Nicaragua, the bead-maker in South Africa – our decisions, our lifestyle affects them. We all have something to learn from each other.
How To Walk The Walk
This is a Jesuit institution. We claim to prepare our students not just to be specialists in their field, but to share their knowledge with those who are less fortunate. I can’t say one thing in class and live a different way. We talk about it and we live it, every single day.
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