Business of Bldg Better World

Full Course Title: 
Business of Building A Better World

Poverty, pollution, inequality, deforestation, global warming, hunger... The world as we know it is in trouble. Can business be part of the solution, instead of the problem? We believe it can! This course will introduce you to the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by all UN member states in 2015 to "end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030," and discuss the ways in which companies, corporations, visionary entrepreneurs, and, yes, even you, can contribute to meeting these goals.

NOTE: This course will be team taught by Meredith Pipes (Primary), Rahat Panwar, and Jacqueline Tilton.

Course Details
Prefix: 
UCO
Course Number: 
1200
Section Number(s) and Day/Times Taught: 
140: MW 9:30am - 10:45am
Term: 
Fall 2021
Categories: 
Global Issues
Civic Engagement
Leadership
Instructor(s)

Jacqueline Tilton

Jacqueline Tilton

Jacqueline Tilton is an Assistant Professor in the Management Department at Appalachian State University where she teaches Business Ethics. She earned her PhD from the University of Arkansas as the Frank & Donna Oldham Doctoral Fellow and was recognized as the 2019 Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher.

Her research aims to understand and give voice to the disparate experiences of diverse employees and additionally discover the mechanisms that serve to mitigate or exacerbate organizational and societal inequality. In particular, much of her research focuses on economic diversity.

Meredith Pipes

Meredith Pipes

I am a Boone native and an '01 Appstate alumna with a love for these mountains in particular and natural places everywhere. I am the Global and Civic Engagement Specialist for the Walker College of Business, a role I've held since 2010. In this role, I promote international opportunities, work with the Inclusive Excellence committee on diversity initiatives and serve as a sustainability champion for the college. In addition to my other duties, I have led or co-led study abroad programs to Costa Rica, Malawi, Mexico, Turkey, Brazil, France and Cuba. I was an adjunct instructor of Spanish at Appalachian State University before joining the College of Business and taught Spanish and Latin American Studies at the University of Kansas. I have worked in Honduras and Spain and studied in Uruguay, Brazil and Mexico. My experiences abroad have profoundly shaped my understanding of the world and I love seeing students broaden their perspectives through interactions with new ideas, new places and people different from themselves. I earned a Master's degree in Latin America Studies from the University of Kansas. I am mother to two daughters, married to a husband who teaches entrepreneurship here at Appstate and the caretaker of a cat, a dog, and 18 chickens.

Rajat Panwar

Rajat Panwar

I am an Associate Professor of Sustainable Business Management and Director of Sustainable Business program in Walker College of Business, Appalachian State University located in the beautiful town of Boone, North Carolina. Boone is not too different from small towns in the Indian Himalayas which, as a teenager, I dreamt of living in. So, I am truly living the dream (just in different mountains).

I am an interdisciplinary scholar with two earned doctoral degrees: in Corporate Sustainability (from Grenoble École de Management, France) and in Forestry (from Oregon State University, USA). I am actively engaged in both fields. I am a past Associate Editor of the Organization & Natural Environment (ONE) and Social Issues in Management (SIM) divisions of the Academy of Management. I have been an Affiliate Faculty at the College of Forestry, Oregon State University, and with the Governance, Environment, and Markets program at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University.

Throughout my life, I have moved places. My most recent move was from Vancouver (Canada, eh), where I was an Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia.