MBA Student Receives Fellowship to Study Professional Ethics and the Holocaust

After graduating from the Yale School of Management this spring, Hugo Santillan ’15 will join a small, elite group of business students and other young professionals in a unique program to study issues of professional ethics posed by the Holocaust.

Hugo is one of 12 individuals selected to take part in FASPE: Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics, a two-week course of study in Germany and Poland this summer.

Run under the auspices of the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York, FASPE examines the role that professionals in business, journalism, law, medicine, and the clergy played in Nazi Germany and how breakdowns in the moral codes of these professions can have devastating consequences. FASPE offers fellowships across these five disciplines.

Fellows consider how to apply the lessons from the Holocaust to current ethical challenges in their own professions. Santillan will join a diverse group of 62 FASPE fellows this year who were chosen from a worldwide pool of 1,000 applicants.

“I expect this fellowship to influence my development as a leader,” said Santillan. “I am so thankful for this opportunity and I look forward to visiting sites of historical significance and engaging in discussions that will help us all better understand ethical failures in the business community.”

Fellows participate in seminars run by leading scholars and attend lectures by guest speakers. The program integrates historical, cultural, philosophical, and literary sources with survivor testimony and workshops in Berlin, Auschwitz, and Krakow.  

Over the past five years, FASPE has worked with nearly 250 students using curricula designed in partnership with faculty from Yale Medical School, Yale Law School, Columbia School of Journalism, and Georgetown University.