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Join our upcoming webinar series, where we bring together a community of practitioners to provide up-to-date medical information, share best practices, and discuss the changing landscape around COVID-19 vaccination efforts.

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11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Pacific, Thursday, June 17, 2021

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Hackworth Fellowships - Project Showcase and Spotlight

In our recent virtual showcase, David DeCosse, Director of Religious and Catholic Ethics and Campus Ethics Programs at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics hosted the 2020-21 Hackworth Fellows as each student presented an overview of their year-long, ethics-focused project.

Learn more about the Fellow's projects in our latest Ethics Spotlight.

Read About the Fellowship Projects

Featured Ethics Spotlights

Racism, Hate, and the AAPI Community

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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Vaccination Ethics

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.

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Ethics and Systemic Racism

The killings of several Black Americans by law enforcement over the last several months has shinned a light on the systemic nature of racism in our country. Ethics Center staff and scholars analyze the associated ethical dilemmas.

    Ethics Center Annual Report 2019-20

    Our 2019-20 Annual Report is available in digital format and highlights the operation of the Ethics Center during what was truly a year like no other.

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    New Immigration Ethics Program

    Led by Jonathan Kwan, Inclusive Excellence Postdoctoral Fellow in Immigration Ethics, the new program will offer resources and ethical analysis on the moral issues that arise from the movement of individuals across borders.

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    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.

    Read the Guide

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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

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    New Resources for Teaching Responsible Computing

    Feedback and additional contributions welcome!

    Social Media and Content Moderation: Why ‘Dangerous Individuals and Organizations’ Policies are not Enough

    Facebook’s and Twitter’s post-by-post enforcement model inadequately defends against nuanced and coordinated incitement campaigns, such as those committed by Donald Trump leading up to and after the January 6th insurrection at the Capital.

    What Does it Mean to Reinstate Donald J. Trump’s Account on Facebook?

    Subramaniam Vincent and Courtney Davis ’21 of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics provide comment to Facebook’s oversite board on the ethical considerations of Donald Trump’s deplatforming.

      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.

      View the Teaching Module

      Center News

      Solidarity Journalism Initiative, AAJA SF, and SPJ NorCal Hold Journalism Workshop

      Journalists come together to discuss coverage of anti-Asian racism.

      Ethics Center Marketing Interns 2020-21
      SCU Students Help Deliver Ethics Resources to the World

      Marketing and communicating the full range of Ethics Center programs and materials is enhanced through student collaboration.

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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

        Does Intraoperative Artificial Intelligence Decision Support Pose Ethical Issues?

        Charles Binkley, MD, director of bioethics, and Brian Green, director of technology ethics, published in JAMA Surgery a publication by The Journal of the American Medical Association.

        ‘The Right to be Forgotten’: Should Teens’ Social Media Posts Disappear as They age?

        Irina Raicu, director of the Internet Ethics Program at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, quoted by The Washington Post.

        UCSB Researchers’ use of Gene-editing Tech on Male Mosquitos Raises Ethical, Environmental Questions

        Charles E. Binkley, MD, director of bioethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, quoted on KCBX.

          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.

          Learn About Our Framework

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