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Ethics Spotlight

Ethical Considerations for COVID-19 Vaccination

While vaccines provide protection for individuals and communities against severe disease and death, this fight is far from over as we see infection rates climb, especially among children who cannot be vaccinatedEthics Center staff and scholars analyze the critical questions in this Ethics Spotlight.


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Featured Ethics Spotlights

Racism and hate are not new to the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, but the onset and spread of COVID-19 has led to massive increases in both. Ethics Center staff and scholars unpack some of the many related ethical dilemmas in this Ethics Spotlight.

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While advancements in vaccines for the novel coronavirus are pointing to a light at the end of the tunnel, numerous ethical dilemmas lie ahead. Ethics Center staff, scholars, and students analyze these critical issues in this Ethics Spotlight.

California wildfire

The world has been experiencing worsening wildfire conditions for decades, and in California the situation is particularly bad. The Ethics Center staff and other scholars address some of the key ethical issues surrounding these disasters.

    A Guide for Nonprofit Organizations

    Nonprofit organizations rely on charitable gifts, but often lack guidance on how to navigate gifts from controversial donors. This guide offers practical and ethical considerations for nonprofit organizations that face increasing scrutiny for gift acceptance decisions.

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    Ethical Giving Guide

    Materials to Support Donors with Gifting Decisions

    Designed to help individual donors and family foundations think through their nonprofit giving decisions and to do it ethically, this guide outlines the steps to take with related ethical considerations and helps donors define their personal mission.

    Find Your Personal Mission

    All About Ethics: Perspectives From Across the Center


    Three streams of misinformation and abuse targeted at a recent academic conference exemplify a widespread phenomenon.

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    An upcoming conversation with multiple experts will address ethical issues related to crypto currencies.

    Patrick Mahomes’ younger brother danced on the painted number of deceased Washington Football Team player Sean Taylor and it’s posing ethical questions.

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      Brian Patrick Green displays his new book,

      Brian Patrick Green's newest book that discusses ethics in space, covering topics such as commercialization, space tourism, militarization, and risks from space.

      A new case study from the World Economic Forum and the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics recognizes IBM as a leading developer of ethical AI and points to three key lessons learned that could encourage and enable all organizations to adopt and operationalize ethics in technology.

      2021-22 Ethics Center Hackworth Fellows Mikayla Apodaca, Gerryk Madrigal Ayala, Emily Bachar, Anna Demopolous, Grace Evans, Keren Goor, Betty Hou, Morayo Kamson, Sydney Lenoch, Emma Samuels, and Jackson Stanich

      The Ethics Center welcomes eleven students to the 2021-22 Hackworth Fellow cohort.

        Teaching Note: Interview of Theranos Whistleblower, Tyler Shultz

        This teaching module for business ethics, leadership and management courses includes two videos, homework assignments, and class discussion, all designed to spark conversation about ethical issues associated with whistleblowers and corporate governance.

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        Evaluating Culture for Ethics

        Our Culture Self-Assessment Practice recommends approaches to evaluating culture for ethics within companies and other types of organizations. The materials are primarily for members of an organization’s leadership team, including human resources and legal, but designed to engage a cross-section of leaders from various disciplines.

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        Media Commentary

        Archbishop Jose Gomez, of the Los Angeles diocese, attends a news conference at the Fall General Assembly meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021, in Baltimore.(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

        David DeCosse, director of religious and Catholic ethics and Campus Ethics Programs quoted by the Los Angeles Times.

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        Irina Raicu, director of Internet Ethics, quoted by Insider.

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        Don Heider, executive director, quoted by Tech Policy Press.

          Like Birds, Ethical Issues Are Everywhere...

          ...often difficult to spot, but noticed by those in search of them.

          The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University exists to help people see, understand, and work through ethical problems.

          As an introduction to thinking ethically, we have created a framework for ethical decision making.

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