Beyond The Classroom

Beyond the Classroom

Learning doesn’t just happen in the classroom at Menlo College. We educate students to be experts in their major, and connect that knowledge to the professional world through our internship programs.

The purpose of the center is to prepare students for the workplace and graduate study. The center promotes awareness of ethical issues and applied ethics research. Our goal is to create a more integrated and positive approach toward understanding and explaining human thriving in organizational settings.

The research and educational programs provided by the center are designed to explore and cultivate personal strengths and virtues in human development. In doing so, we help support and encourage individual and organizational ethical health, ethical decision-making and professional moral courage in the workplace. The intention is to help individuals learn how to develop and manage rigorous and honest awareness that supports personal responsibility and virtuous performance.

The center depends on support from people who care about ethics education and research. Gifts of any amount make a difference in helping us achieve our goals. We appreciate and are grateful for donations in any amount.

For more information visit the Center’s website at:

Leslie E. Sekerka, Ph.D.

Founder and Director, Ethics in Action Research and Education Center
Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior, Management Department, Menlo College

The center provides learning opportunities to enable college students to make sound economic decisions, which will serve as fundamental skills for the rest of their lives.

Founder and Director, Donna L. Little
The Menlo College Center for Financial Literacy
Associate Professor of Accounting and Finance, Menlo College

Recent Events

January 18, 2013 – National conference on Financial Literacy and College Persistence. Keynote speakers: Vincent Tinto, Lewis Mandell, Rebecca Macieira-Kaufmann, Valerie Coleman Morris and Joyce Serido.

Contact Us

For inquiries, contact the director at


Burr Pilger Mayer

Citi Bank



Menlo offers nine sections of Personal Finance for College, taught by full-time, senior faculty in accounting and finance. This will be an on-going part of the first year courses taken by freshmen.

iGrad publishes: Financial Literacy Compendium: A Guide to the Best College Financial Literacy Programs, naming Menlo College among their top 24 colleges.

Freshman Orientation for international students includes practical presentations by the faculty, administrators and Citi executives on money management.

Menlo College faculty and staff present “Paying for College” to students on the Woodside High School Campus.

In cooperation with the Citi-at-Work, the center launches personal financial education for Menlo faculty and staff. The launch is attended by Menlo faculty and staff and Citi executives.

Citi Community Development provides the third consecutive annual grant to support a national conference on the issue of Financial Literacy and College Persistence on the Menlo campus on January 18, 2013. The conference includes keynote speakers Vincent Tinto, Lewis Mandell, Rebecca Macieira-Kaufmann, Valerie Coleman Morris, Joyce Serido. Over 50 universities and non-profits are represented among the participants.

Burr Pilger and Mayer Accountants and Consultants of Palo Alto, CA provide a grant to support 10 scholarships for non-profit administrators to attend the Financial Literacy and College Persistence conference.


School of Business Administration (SBA) Day includes a presentation on Financial Literacy at Menlo College, attended by students, alumni, faculty and staff, community leaders and Citi executives. The event is sponsored by the Menlo College Accounting Advisory Board.

The first two cohorts of underserved students from a local high school (Woodside High School, Redwood City) attend the pilot courses in Personal Finance for College on the Menlo campus. Menlo faculty and staff and Citi executives lead discussions and a bank field trip.

The first four cohorts of Menlo College freshman complete the pilot one-unit elective Personal Finance for College course.

Etta Zhang, The Mid-Peninsula Community Media Center and Menlo students produces a video on Personal Finance at Menlo College.

Citi Community Development provides a second grant to expand the LIFT pilot. The grant is awarded at the opening of the Woodside Road Citibank Branch in Redwood City.

A personal finance workshop is given to students by the I Have a Dream Foundation, a college access and success program in San Francisco.

Community groups meet at Menlo College to discuss opportunities to partner targeted outreach to the broader northern California region on behalf of financial literacy.

Menlo students and high school students who successfully completed the pilot classes are hired and trained as facilitators.

The second two cohorts of students from Woodside High School attend Personal Finance for College classes on the Menlo campus, this time with teaching assistance from student facilitators. Menlo faculty and staff and Citi executives lead discussions and a bank field trip.

Research begins on the potential connection between personal financial education for college students’ decision-making and college persistence.

A major curriculum change is approved by the faculty, requiring all incoming freshmen at Menlo College to take a one-unit, 14 week Personal Finance for College class.

The Freshman Orientation Welcome Dinner for students and parents, includes presentations by the chairman of the board of trustees, faculty, administrators, alumni and Citi executives on the importance of personal finance education at Menlo College.


The center celebrates the first grant from Citi Community Development and the launch of LIFT (Learn and Invest for Tomorrow), attended by students, alumni, faculty and staff, community leaders and Citi executives. Speakers describe the goals of the program and Citi Community Foundation presents the first grant check to Menlo College.

One of the best ways to enrich your educational experience is through a study abroad program. Travel to one of Menlo’s university partners in Mexico, China, Japan, Chile, Italy, Spain, and many other countries to learn what it’s like to do business on the other side of the world.

Broaden Your Horizons

Studying abroad can provide you with powerful insights to the world of business that will enrich your career goals, and that you will remember for the the rest of your life.

  • Experience business from an international perspective
  • Gain communication skills valued by employers
  • Earn credit toward your Menlo degree
  • Take advantage of expanded class offerings
  • Practice foreign language through immersion
  • Learn about international cultures

Programs range from partial semesters to year-long study. To find out how international experience can fit into your educational career, contact the International Student Advisor or talk to your academic advisor.

International Student Advisor
650.543.3831 phone
Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM

Academic Success Center
650.543.3917 phone
Monday through Friday 9 AM to 6 PM


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