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Anja Matwijkiw portrait

Anja Matwijkiw

Professor of Professional Ethics & Human Rights

Arts and Sciences Building, Room 2047

Community Service to Local Governments

The Shared Ethics Advisory Commission (SEAC), IN (2006-2010).

  • Vice President (elected on January 18, 2007, re-elected on January 24, 2008); Ethics Advisor (elected March 15, 2007); and before this time, a Member at Large (2006).
  • Note that my service extended until December 31, 2010, according to Highland’s government resolution No. 2006-115 of December 2006, which authorizes and approves appointments to the Shared Ethics Advisory Commission (SEAC). Note also that SEAC is established under the aegis of an inter-local cooperation agreement between Highland, Munster and Crown Point. The main objective of SEAC is to secure ethics training for all levels of local government (cf. implementation of ethics pledges and ordinances) and to engage in outreach activities to recruit more municipalities and townships from the region, and to sensitize politicians in Northwest Indiana to the idea of utilizing moral standards as a measurement for successful resource allocation and decision-making.
  • Facilitated and contributed to the introduction of ethics training components for all levels of local government (monthly meetings in Munster’s City Hall) (2006-2010).
  • Assessed ethics training sessions by the Director of Ethics and Advocacy, the International City/County Management Association (2007-2009).
  • Designed and delivered ethics training for higher levels of local government. Some events were informal and yet others formal, such as: Our Way: Ethics & Democracy, mandatory ethics training program for councilmen, senior executive and second-in-command level of the local governments of Crown Point, Highland and Munster, Wicker Park Social Center, Highland, IN, April 27, 2007 (65 out of 100 public officials showed. For a press response, see The Times, April 28, 2007, at A7).
  • Collaborated with the editorial staff at The Times as a part of SEAC’s outreach activities to recruit townships, municipalities and other entities for the effort to promote ethics in government (meetings at the newspaper’s headquarters in Crown Point and at Teibel’s Restaurant in Schererville (co-sponsored by the Life Quality Council of Northwest Indiana) (2007).

The Ethics in Government Task Force, IN (2004-2005).

  • Main drafter of ethics pledges and ordinances, which were adopted by local governments: The Lake County Ethics Pledge for Public Officials, IN (2004), The Lake County Ethics Pledge for Employees of Governmental Entities, IN (2004), and The Municipal Code of Ethics and Values, Crown Point, Highland and Munster, IN, (2005). The relevant ethics ordinances were designed under the auspices of the Ethics in Government Task Force, founded as a sub-committee under the Lake County Community Development Committee (LCCDC).
  • Author of the Ethics in Action Award (2004). This was approved by the Ethics in Government Taskforce.
  • Outreach activities to recruit townships and municipalities to promote ethics in Northwest Indiana governments.

Mixed Community/Teaching Service

Guest Speaker Recruitment & Awareness-Raising (2003-present)

Life Line Stem Cell, IN (Terri Tibbot, CEO), Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network, IN/IL (Alice C. Jenkins, Roxanne R. White, Dawn Brim, and others); The Indiana Lions Eye & Tissue Transplant Bank (Michael Henderson), The Aliveness Project of Northwest Indiana, Inc. (Charles Johnson (winner of the 2012 Patient Care and Advocacy Award), Jason Clanton, Tammy Morris (Executive Director), Michael Hughes (Manager & HIV Care Coordinator for Michigan City, IN, and others); Compassion & Choices (Susanne Gaudin, President of the Indiana Section; Ronald M. Katz, Bess Schenkier, and others); the United Steelworkers USW District 7 which covers Illinois and Indiana (President for local 1014, Jerry Littles, District 7 Director, Jim Robinson, Charissa Childers, and others), Alliance for American Manufacturing (Michael Mitchell); ArcelorMittal (Brenda J. Boler); The International Brotherhood of Teamsters (National Organizing Coordinator, Rebecca Hanscorn); IU Northwest Center for Management Development (Executive Director, Bill Gregory); and Northwest Indiana Small Business Development Center (Bill Gregory, Interim Director).
- Guest Speaker recruitment on a semester-basis.
- Awareness-Raising pertaining to important medical and economic issues that affect the region.