Santa Clara University

Ethics Center Blog
Bookmark and Share

At the Center

Capturing the lively discussions, presentations, and other events that make up the daily activities of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University.

The following postings have been filtered by category About the Center. clear filter
  •  Tom Reese on Pope Francis and First 500 Days

    Tuesday, Jul. 29, 2014 11:52 AM

    Father Thomas Reese, S.J., visiting scholar for the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, will present on the first 500 days of Pope Francis during the Ethics Center's "Ethics At Noon" lecture on August 14, 12-noon, New location as of 8/13

    Register Here

    Reese is senior analyst for National Catholic Reporter. He entered the Jesuits in 1962, and was ordained in 1974. He was educated at St. Louis University, the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, and at the University of California Berkeley, where he received a Ph.D. in political science. He worked in Washington as a writer and lobbyist for tax reform from 1975 to 1978. He was an associate editor of America magazine, where he wrote on politics, economics and the Catholic church, from 1978 to 1985 and editor-in-chief from 1998 to 2005. He was a senior fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center from 1985 to 1998 and 2006 to 2013.

    While at Woodstock, he wrote the trilogy on the organization and politics of the church: Archbishop: Inside the Power Structure of the American Catholic Church (1989), A Flock of Shepherds: The National Conference of Catholic Bishops (1992), and Inside the Vatican: The Politics and Organization of the Catholic Church (1996). He also edited The Universal Catechism Reader (1990), an analysis of the first draft of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and Episcopal Conferences: Historical, Canonical and Theological Studies (1989).

    On May 14, 2014, Father Reese was appointed by President Obama to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, an independent, bipartisan U.S. federal government commission that reviews the facts and circumstances of religious freedom violations and makes policy recommendations to the President, the Secretary of State, and Congress. His writings for the NCR do not necessarily reflect the views of the commission.

    Father Reese is based in Washington, DC.

    Follow Reese on Twitter: @ThomasReeseSJ .

    Event hashtag: @mcaenews  #reesepope Tweet with us!


  •  New Student Government Ethics Website

    Wednesday, Jul. 23, 2014 2:37 PM

    The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics is proud to sponsor Student Government Ethics, a new website developed by an SCU senior, Kori Lennon. Lennon, a member of Santa Clara University’s Class of 2014, developed this site during her time as a Hackworth Fellow with the Ethics Center. After spending three years on Santa Clara’s Associated Student Government, her goal was to encourage greater reflection and conversation about ethics among student government leaders.

    The site provides discussion guides and ethics cases for use in student government meetings, encouraging student leaders to consider ethical concerns and share their perspectives. Sections on Mission and Vision Statements, Codes of Ethics,and Values, encourage student leaders to develop documents that more clearly define the ethics of their organization.


  •  Welcome 2014 Hackworth Student Fellows

    Wednesday, Jul. 16, 2014 2:12 PM

    The Hackworth Fellows are Santa Clara University undergraduates who provide ethics programming for students. They can be reached at 408-554-5319, or by sending an email to The Fellowships are made possible by a gift from Joan and late Michael Hackworth. For further information about the program, click here.

    Krishan Allen

    Krishan Allen is an economics major from Emerald Hills, Calif. He will research methods of integrating ethical goals into investment practice, and aims to explain how students can attain both social and financial returns within their investment portfolios. He enjoys playing basketball, reading biographies on social scientists, sailing in the San Francisco bay, and making the most of the California sun.

    Justin Fitzimmons

    Justin Fitzsimmons, a philosophy major and English minor from San Francisco, will be working on issues related to diversity and inclusion; his fellowship will be coordinated with the SCU Office for Diversity and Inclusion. Justin has studied at the University of Cape Town in South Africa and the University of Cambridge in the U.K. He is interested in Bay Area sports, philosophy, playing basketball, watching films, and reading.

     Logan Peterson

    Logan Peterson, a finance major from Scottsdale, Ariz., will focus on the Big Q, the Center's social media campaign to involve undergraduates in discussion about the ethical issues in the everyday lives of undergraduates. Logan loves city life, traveling, yoga, art, and photography. This summer, she'll be interning in the finance department at Apple as a part of the Online Store Sales team.


  •  Ann Skeet New Director of Leadership Ethics

    Tuesday, Jul. 8, 2014 12:30 PM

    The Ethics Center welcomes Ann Skeet as new director of leadership ethics. Skeet will oversee the Center's work in business and nonprofit ethics. Having already served as a strategy consultant to the Ethics Center, she will continue to play a role as a strategic advisor to the executive director.

    Skeet previously served as president of Notre Dame High School of San Jose, CEO of American Leadership Forum Silicon Valley, and vice president of marketing for the San Jose Mercury News. She is a board member of the Children's Musical Theater of San Jose, and formerly served on the boards of the Nonprofit Development Center, the Children's Discovery Museum, and Partnership for School Readiness. She was also co-chair of the board at United Way of Silicon Valley. Skeet is a graduate of Bucknell University and the Harvard Business School.

    "Silicon Valley is like a crowded, super-charged, ever-changing town square for a global community of innovators," Skeet states. "It is also a place where many struggle to achieve their personal goals in spite of all the assets and opportunities our town square has to offer.  How people and organizations here grapple with issues raised by rapid rates of change, diverse populations and unparalleled creativity has intrigued me for the half of my life I have lived and worked here."

  •  Elizabeth Connely Selected as 2014-15 Honzel Fellow

    Wednesday, Jul. 2, 2014 9:00 AM

    Elizabeth “Liz” Connelly was a 2013-14 Health Care Ethics Intern, and returns this year as the Honzel Fellow in Health Care Ethics. The youngest of five, she grew up in Spokane, Washington. She will be a senior at Santa Clara University, majoring in Theater as a non-traditional pre-med major, and minoring in Biology. During her sophomore year, she served as a Community Facilitator on campus, and will be returning as an Assistant Resident Director this year.. As the Honzel Fellow, Liz will serve as a peer mentor for the 2014-15 interns, in addition to taking on a larger project at the Center. After completing her undergraduate education, she plans on attending medical school, and looks forward to  becoming a pediatrician.



  •  Fun Sprinksgiving Video Captures Donor Thanks

    Friday, Jun. 27, 2014 10:12 AM

    Santa Clara University held its second annual "Sprinksgiving," a day of gratitude and donor appreciation held in April, in which students signed a giant thank you card, enjoyed refreshments and camaraderie, and reflected on the meaning of philanthropy. Selected student staff and Fellows from the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics are featured in the video, as they reflect on their appreciation of the Center and the importance of these donations in terms of their growth, education, and awareness of ethical issues, not only on college campuses, but nationwide and globally.

    "We are without a doubt some of the most fortunate students in the world with all of the amazing opportunities we have, and that would not be possible without the wonderful people willing to invest in our education," comments Erin Callister, 2013-2014 Hackworth Fellow.

    Other Ethics Center students featured in the video are: Akshay Vyas, Christine Cate, Lauren Ellis, and Supriya Hoskeri.

  •  Markkula Prizes Awarded

    Tuesday, Jun. 17, 2014 1:30 PM

    Each year, the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics awards the Markkula Prize to a Santa Clara University senior who has done outstanding work in applied ethics. Established by the Advisory Board of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics in honor of A. C. "Mike" Markkula Jr.'s leadership as chairman of the board, this award is given annually to a student in recognition of outstanding work in applied ethics.  This year, the Center awarded two Markkula Prizes:

    Jillian Gerrity (pictured with Advisory Board Member Kristi Markkula Bowers and Center Executive Director Kirk Hanson) is graduating with a double major in Biology and Public Health. Building on her experience as a Health Care Ethics Intern last year, Jillian served as an invaluable member of the bioethics team as the Honzel Fellow in Health Care Ethics. In addition to serving as a peer mentor to the current interns, Jillian played a pivotal role in piloting a new clinical placement, assisted with recruitment, worked on our social networking sites, and researched ways for the bioethics and health care ethics programs to become better integrated with the larger Santa Clara community.

    Jillian also strengthened our ties with alumni and gathered stories of former interns to publish on the web and was responsible for all the communications, editing, and “publishing” of these write-ups. She also was of great help in editing a video of one former intern and without her the project could not have been completed. And now at the end of the year, Jillian is even helping in the planning of next year’s internship program. In addition to all her responsibilities at the Center, Jillian has also been working in a Santa Clara biology research lab.

    This summer, Jillian was selected to participate in the Pre-Health Undergraduate Program at UCSF and next year, will be managing Dr. Hess’s biology lab as she begins the process of applying to medical school.

    Allie Sibole, (pictured with Advisory Board Member Kristi Markkula Bowers and Center Executive Director Kirk Hanson) bioengineering major and 2013-14 Environmental Ethics Fellow at the Markkula Center, is from Eugene, Oregon. As an Environmental Ethics Fellow last year, Allie did groundbreaking original research on the ethical issues involved in designing the Solar Decathlon 2013 Radiant House. Allie practically wrote a book on the ethics of the Solar Decathlon competition, including critiquing the judging categories themselves. Last month she attended the first annual IEEE Engineering Ethics Symposium in Chicago and shared some of her research on the ethics of the building materials used in the Solar Decathlon House. More than once she was asked, “So, what do you teach?” to which she responded that she was an undergrad.

    She’s has already started an intensive year-long Master’s program in bioengineering at Johns Hopkins University, and no doubt will do very well in her future endeavors. Allie is also the recipient of the University's 2014 St. Clare Medal, which is "given to the female graduate judged outstanding in academic performance, personal character, school activities, and constructive contribution to the University."

  •  Levy Ethics Challenge Launches: Donate Today for 100K

    Monday, May. 19, 2014 11:34 AM

    We are  thrilled to announce the first ever Levy Ethics Challenge.  Dick and Sue Levy, longtime friends of the Ethics Center, have made a $100,000 Challenge to match -- dollar for dollar -- all gifts to the Ethics Center through June 30th until the challenge is met. As of May 19, $22,452 has already been donated by Ethics Center supporters and friends. We hope you’ll join them and leverage the maximum impact from your gift!

    "Susie and I believe in promoting ethical behavior in every aspect of life, from the classroom to the boardroom to the hospital room," Dick said. "That's why I serve as Advisory Board chair at the Ethics Center, and that's why we decided to do this challenge. We believe that, by leveraging support from like-minded people, our gifts will have a much greater impact."

    How can you help?
    Your gift will empower the Ethics Center to:

    * Bring great speakers from around the globe who illuminate current issues in ethics. So far this year, gifts from donors enabled us to present over 30 speakers and panelists. Contributions also helped us to host His Holiness the Dalai Lama in February, placing the Ethics Center in not only the local, but also the national and international spotlight.

    * Increase our online presence. This year, over 2.8 million people visited our website for guidance in solving ethical issues and for materials to teach ethics to students of all ages. Another 2,000 signed up for our Massive Open Online Courses in business ethics, and we look forward to expanding even further.

    * Provide internships and fellowships in health care ethics, environmental ethics, business ethics, and more. We have over 240 alumni of these programs, who tell us that their experience provided them with the knowledge and the courage to make ethical decisions in all aspects of their lives.

    *Now is the time. Invest in ethics through your support for the Ethics Center, and make a difference in the lives not only of Santa Clara University students and faculty, but our larger communities nationally and globally.  


    After you’ve made your online donation, follow @mcaenews on Twitter and Like us on Facebook. Tweet or Share on Facebook a photo of you and your friends with the tag: #markkulaethicschallenge, and you become part of the campaign. Your photo will be included in our grand finale “social” thank you collage, a perfect souvenir to keep and share, and a cool surprise for Dick and Sue Levy to show our thanks. Go for it!

  •  Hana Callaghan Joins Staff as Director of Government Ethics

    Wednesday, May. 14, 2014 3:42 PM

    The Ethics Center welcomes Hana Callaghan to the staff as director of the Government Ethics Program. Callaghan has a background in law, government and politics, and has worked in private practice as a corporate litigator, and for a member of the US House of Representatives as a senior congressional aide. She also managed statewide political campaigns in her role as a political consultant, and served as the associate executive director of the Santa Clara County Bar Association.

    Callaghan has a bachelor's degree from University of California, Berkeley, a law degree from Seattle University, and an LLM in tax law and policy from Golden Gate University. She is a member of the State Bar Associations of California and Washington.

  •  Support the Ethics Center During Silicon Valley Gives May 6

    Tuesday, Apr. 29, 2014 11:00 AM

    Save the Date for Silicon Valley Gives, Tuesday, May 6. This unique fundraising day supports nonprofits in the area, and we are excited about our first-time participation in the event. With your support, we can continue to establish and expand our growing programs and services, enhancing our status as one of the leading ethics centers in the country, providing over 2.8 million people with a moral compass to steer their professional and personal lives.

    You can schedule your gift today, or mark your calendars to donate on Tuesday, May 6.

    Ethics matter. In the fast paced world we live in, decisions made in the blink of an eye will have a tremendous impact on the future. We promote ethics in areas such as business, education, government, health care, the Internet, and many more. We have a responsibility to equip today's young people as well as everyone interested in ethical behavior, with the tools they need to face life’s unavoidable ethical dilemmas. During the last year alone, donations and support from our enthusiastic stakeholders have enabled us to launch a successful online education program, a unique ethics app downloaded by over 1,000 in its first month, and a myriad of other programs.

Now, friends of the Ethics Center Dick and Sue Levy have generously pledged $100,000 in a dollar-for-dollar match of all gifts to the Ethics Center made between May 6th and June 30th. Help us leverage these matching dollars! Your gift can help schoolchildren learn how to make ethical decisions, provide Santa Clara University students with internship support, and help entrepreneurs, business professionals, and health care and government staff make sound ethical decisions that will pave the way to sound ethics for the near future and beyond.

    Thank you for your support, and here's to a great day of giving!