Our Common Purpose
Affinity groups, led by the faculty of SBGE, are an important part of the Executive Advisory Board process, allowing members and other community leaders to focus their attention on a single area of the school and participate in a deeper relationship within a defined discipline.
While involving a diverse group of business and community leaders, the agenda for the Executive Advisory Board and its affinity groups must adhere to a set of stated principles that direct their activities towards measurable benefits for the institution, its students and its members.
Roles & Responsibilities of an Affinity Group and its Members
The expectations associated with Affinity Group participation compliment the overall responsibilities of the EAB to the School of Business, Government, and Economics.
- Convene at least two times per year under the leadership of an appointed faculty member
- Define the optimal relations between affinity group members and SBGE to cultivate a mutually beneficial relationship between the discipline, its students and the business community
- Actively involve affinity group members in classrooms, student organizations, and other school activities that will forge mentoring opportunities between the business community and the education process
- Provide counsel and assist in cultivating relationships that will encourage the hiring of SBGE students as employees or interns who can then apply their mission-based learning in the workplace
- Create opportunities for affinity group members to financially support the further growth and evolution of SBGE's programs
- Provide periodic one-on-one counsel and advice to students and faculty as requested
- Attend, as available, the three Executive Advisory Board meetings per year as a representative of the affinity group to participate in broader conversations regarding the overall flourishing of SBGE and consider future membership on the Board
Currently, the Executive Advisory Board supports three affinity groups -- Accounting, Global Development, Social and Sustainable Management.
The Accounting Program is designed to prepare students for a wide range of professional challenges, and provides the tools necessary to succeed in any number of key positions. The Accounting major offered at SPU offers an added dimension of integrity and ethics built on the Christian foundation, setting SPU graduates apart. Students who successfully complete the program will be eligible to take both the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) examinations. The work of the affinity group is to enhance these goals and objectives and provide additional pathways to learning and employment.
The Global Development Program challenges students to look at development through a liberal arts knowledge base, with studies in economics (development and microeconomics), theology (urban ministry, Christianity and society), and global health. All Global Development Studies majors complete a hands-on internship focused on nonprofit or social venture work. The affinity group provides counsel and participates with hands-on involvement.
SOCIAL & SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT
The Social & Sustainable Management Program at SPU is a unique Master's Degree in Management that bridges liberal arts, science, engineering and other undergraduate degrees into professional roles in business, social purpose and nonprofit organizations. Through the MAM-SSM program (Masters of Arts in Management with a Specialization in Social and Sustainable Management), students gain job-relevant applied business knowledge and skills, faith-based perspectives in social responsibility and stewardship, study abroad and internship experiences, meaningful relationships with leaders and professional development and placement opportunities. Members of the affinity group are involved in classroom presentations, acting as evaluators for student presentations and social venture competitions, student mentoring, and building bridges for students to complete required projects and internships.