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Ethics and Leadership Camp for Public Officials
SCU’s Markkula Center for Applied Ethics (MCAE) will conduct its third annual Ethics and Leadership Camp for Public Officials, designed to equip elected and appointed public officials with the knowledge and skills for enhancing and managing city ethics efforts.
Santa Clara University Campus, Santa Clara, California
8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Mayors, councilmembers, appointed officials of local government agencies, city managers, ethics commissioners, special district representatives, public information officers.
Ethics Camp builds on your personal understanding of ethics and values and provides tools for leadership in public life. Ethics Camp gives you the tools to improve your city’s efforts. At Ethics Camp, you will work with the staff and scholars of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University to explore the most common ethical dilemmas facing public officials and learn best practices for leadership in everyday decision making.
Workshops will cover a “Framework for Ethical Decision Making” and topics of particular interest to local officials such as codes of ethics and values, conflicts of interest, campaign ethics and lobbying.
The theme for the camp is "Building Public Confidence" with an emphasis on transparency and leadership. On Wednesday, two media experts will discuss the public's right to know, sunshine laws, and the role the media plays in government. Thursday’s agenda will be devoted to developing personal and professional leadership in order to best govern in today’s challenging environment.
"The two-day camp, at which counselors wore 'moral compasses' slung around their necks, was a novel effort to create 'a culture of ethics and accountability.'"
"Ethics Camp is unique and of benefit to public servants. The chance to interact with colleagues in a collaborative environment offers tremendous opportunities for sharing resources."
"Billed as the first of its kind boot camp for municipal ethics, the two-day gathering at Santa Clara University could become a model, some experts say. It would serve as a way for local elected officials, academics, and ethics commissioners, to prepare for ethical dilemmas that officials deal with in office."
Tuition for Ethics and Leadership Camp for Public Officials is $500 for one person, $2,000 for a group of five, which includes all sessions, materials, breakfasts and lunches, parking, and ongoing membership in the Ethics Roundtable for Public Officials at the Center. But don't let cost stand in the way of your participation.A limited number of Scholarships are available. Preference will be given to municipalities and agencies sending teams of two or more participants and to those creating or redesigning ethics programs. If you wish to apply for a scholarship, please contact Judy Nadler (firstname.lastname@example.org or 408-554-7892) or send her a short statement , including who will be attending from your city and how you plan to use the workshop to enhance your city s ethics programs.
Senior Fellow in Government Ethics Judy Nadler can be reached at email@example.com or 408-554-7892. Address mail correspondence to
Judy Nadler, Senior Fellow in Government Ethics
Santa Clara University
Markkula Center for Applied Ethics
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053-0633