The Tyson Center at Walton College is changing its name to better align with its mission


The Tyson Center for Faith and Spirituality in the Workplace at U of A’s Sam M. Walton College of Business has announced that it will now be known as the Tyson Center for Faith-Friendly Workplaces.

Faith-respecting workplaces are those that consider employees’ religious differences as an integral part of diversity and inclusion efforts. The Tyson Center provides opportunities for U of A students, faculty, and staff—as well as local community members and organizations—to engage with religious diversity and develop skills that foster inclusiveness. religion more prevalent in the workplace.

“This name change reflects our desire to better align the center’s name with its core mission, which is to make tomorrow’s workplace more faith-based by providing learning experiences for current and future business leaders. insights, knowledge, and opportunities for leadership and connection, said Denise Breaux Soignet, associate professor of management and director of the Tyson Center for Faith-Friendly Workplaces.

“The name Tyson Center for Faith-Friendly Workplaces perfectly reflects the organization’s mission – to make workplaces across the country more inclusive of diverse cultures and faiths,” said John H. Tyson, president of the board of Tyson Foods. “I’m proud to be associated with both the center and all it stands for, just like Tyson Foods.”

Over the past two decades, Tyson Foods has popularized the term “faith-friendly” through its comprehensive, company-wide chaplaincy program, which currently employs more than 100 full-time and part-time chaplains. from various religious and spiritual backgrounds.

“Our job is to provide people from diverse religious backgrounds with the opportunity to come together, connect and learn more about each other,” Breaux Soignet said. “If we understand each other better, we can all feel more comfortable being who we are while respecting the differences in our beliefs.”

“We believe an organization is faith-based when its employees can go to work with confidence — that includes what they believe in and value,” said Kevin Scherer, director of chaplaincy services for Tyson Foods. “Our company respects and celebrates the diverse beliefs of our 140,000 team members who come from more than 80 countries through the compassionate, interfaith care and services we provide at more than 140 of our facilities in 24 states. We hope the name change will draw attention to the positive impact faith-based values ​​can have on businesses and their workforce.

A generous gift from Tyson Foods and the Tyson Family Foundation helped establish the center more than 10 years ago.

The Tyson Center for Faith-Friendly Workplaces encourages members of the various faith communities on campus to contact the center by emailing [email protected] to find out how the center can support your communities, registered student organizations, events and research.

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