University of Arkansas

Walton College

The Sam M. Walton College of Business

Course: Faith, Spirituality and the Workplace

Societies, workplaces in particular, are becoming increasingly multicultural and multi-religious. To many, their faith is part of their identity and in today's times when the division between one's personal and work self is becoming increasingly blurry, it becomes difficult for people from minority religions to bring their complete self to the workplace. In an attempt to address that and make students sensitive and mindful to people of different faiths and value systems, The Tyson Center offers a course on Faith and Spirituality in workplace. 

About the Course


Elizabeth Abston talks about her experience with the course and what she learned. 

The main objective of the Faith, Spirituality and the Workplace class (MGMT 4103) is to provide students with a foundational knowledge of various faith traditions and forms of spirituality, including non-theist perspectives; and to provide an understanding about the interconnections between faith traditions.

The class is taught by Dr. Denise Breaux Soignet and includes a survey of the world's major faith traditions including Atheism, as well as a host of interactive experiences for the students to help them thrive in a multi-faith workforce, and to learn about how people express their spirituality and how this can enhance the work experience. We loosely define spirituality as the multitude of activities individuals may engage in as part of their search for meaning and fulfillment; we see spirituality as separate from religious beliefs or purposes.

 Below are the pictures of speakers who took some time off from their schedules to speak to our students about different faiths and practices. 


 John Tyson addressing the class about faith friendly practices in Tyson Foods



Dr. Vikas Anand discussing Hinduism with the class

vikas teaches Hinduism


Cantor Sam Radwine discussing Judaism with the class

Cantor Sam


Geshe Thrupton Dorjee speaking about Buddhism



Dr. Judi Neal, founding Director of the Tyson Center, discussing spirituality in the workplace

Judi Neal teaches spirituality in fall 2018 class


Mary Oleksiuk, Chief HR officer at Tyson Foods, talking about workplace accommodation



 Daniel Harris discussing mindfulness



Issa Abboud discussing Islam



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