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10/14/2017  |   8:40 AM - 9:45 AM   |  West Ballroom at Shalala Student Services Building

Smile for Me!

When serving in a low-resourced area, the lines defining ethical behaviors can easily become blurred. On one hand, the necessity of gaining and maintaining financial support of donors can easily undermine the foundations of Relational Ethics. Yet, on the other hand, donated financial support will more immediately bring additional resources to the region in need of help. Some pundits opine that humanitarian aid has not only failed, but in fact left those living in low and middle income regions in far worse condition that prior to the provision of humanitarian aid. Some negative consequences of humanitarian aid for individuals could be loss of dignity from power differentials exerted unknowingly by humanitarians. Often with the exuberance and energy of helping, some lose sight (or have never delved in to) the basic foundations in Relational Ethics. This brief presentation will describe the four major foundations of Relational Ethics and the possible results of faithfulness of the primary goal to maintain the welfare of recipients of humanitarian assistance.

  • Be able to list the 4 basic foundational aspects of Relational Ethics
  • Identify how power imbalances inadvertently occur in humanitarian assistance
  • Be able to define the relevance of “ethnocentrism” in humanitarian services.

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Jackie Clark (POC,Primary Presenter), UT Dallas/Callier Center,;
Professor Jackie Clark is currently a Clinical Associate Professor UT Dallas’ School of Brain & Behavior Sciences – AuD Program, and has been appointed as a Research Scholar at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. She was the recipient of the American Academy of Audiology Humanitarian Award in 2005. When in Texas, she carries an active clinical caseload with clinical duties involving adult and pediatric diagnosis, hearing aid dispensing, and electrophysiological assessments. She has been actively engaged in a personal annual philanthropic program throughout Sub-Saharan Africa which she began in 1998.


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