Lorna Christoff, one of the Center for Education on Social Responsibility’s (CESR) popular faculty members, has been recognized with the Faculty/Staff Impact Award. The honor is presented by the Office of Diversity Affairs (ODA) and the Multicultural Business Student Association (MBSA) at the Leeds School of Business to a staff or faculty member who has aided in creating an inclusive environment for underrepresented students at Leeds.
Nominated by a student
“She exemplifies the Impact Award by her work at Leeds to ensure students are engaged, active learners and passionate business leaders,” said the student, who attended the KeyBank Summer Bridge program last summer.
The student went on to say, “Every day she would show up ready to challenge the students and ensure they would be successful at Leeds. Lorna sets the bar high. She’s direct, tells it like it is and always wants students to achieve their very best. She is known for giving tough feedback with detail and examples, but always with kindness...”
Joe Duarte, program manager at the ODA, commented, “Our community is lucky to have such an amazing faculty partnership with Lorna!”
What it takes
Award winners are evaluated using the following criteria:
- Leeds faculty, instructor or staff member
- Supporter of the mission and vision of ODA and/or MBSA
- Has had the direct involvement with ODA and/or MBSA
- Contributes to student success
- Promotes inclusivity and diversity
Lorna teaches the popular upper-division elective Leadership Challenges: Exercises in Moral Courage offered by CESR. She also introduces freshmen to business ethics and social responsibility in The World of Business. In recent years, Lorna has also taught a junior level business ethics course, as well as the onboarding/introductory class for incoming students of the Business Minor, which she developed.
Although as a part-time faculty member Lorna is ineligible for the Leeds specific student-nomination Frascona teaching award, she has been nominated for this award every year since joining the Leeds faculty in 2010.
In addition to her law degree and familiarity with tax law, Lorna has experience in many facets of financial markets. She has worked in residential mortgages, mutual and hedge funds, and consumer banking. In addition, she owned and managed a real estate investment company that managed its own properties and provided property management services to other real estate owners: over 200 residential units at a time.
Lorna earned her Bachelor of Science degree in International Business from CU-Boulder and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver.
See Lorna's 2-minute video about her course, Leadership Challenges: Exercises in Moral Courage