Skip to main content
Markkula Center for Applied Ethics
Two Column

Get Vaccinated Webinar Series

Vaccines and Variants

Dr. Charles Binkley, MD, director of bioethics, and Dr. David DeCosse, director of religious and Catholic ethics and campus ethics programs cover key things to know about the SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant.

The goal of these webinars is to bring together members of the community to provide up-to-date information on COVID-19, share best practices, and discuss the changing landscape around COVID-19 vaccination efforts.

Register for Webinar

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.

Medical professional holding a syringe and a vile of covid-19 vaccine
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.

protesters marching against systemic racism
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.

    Two Column

    Immigration Ethics Program

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

    Learn more

    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

    Two Column
    Cropped 720x300

    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

    A New Report on Ethical AI, An Older Post about AI Ethics Traps, and Some Hopes

    A Pew Research Center report sparks new conversations about AI ethics.

    Contra the Supreme Court, Immigrants Should Have a Right to a Hearing

    Ethically speaking, immigrants who have credible fears of persecution or torture should have a right to a bond hearing in front of an immigration judge and should not be indefinitely detained.

    Money Talks: It Says we Don’t Share Well

    Rises in the gap between c-suite executive and frontline worker pay have grown exponentially, while the rest of the world is suffering through a pandemic.

      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

      2021 Hackworth Faculty and Student Grant Recipients

      Six SCU Faculty and one student receive grants to research restorative justice, anti-bias, ethics and the collective good, and more.

      Ethics Center Announces Annual Award Recipients

      Ethics Center recognizes graduating seniors and names recipient of the 2021 Markkula Prize.

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

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

        Full Width

        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.

        Get Started

        Media Commentary

        Old Campaign Debt Trails San Jose Councilmember

        John Pelissero, senior scholar at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University and professor emeritus of political science at Loyola University Chicago quoted on San Jose Spotlight.

        Hunter Biden art Auction Presents White House With new Ethics Headache

        John Pelissero, senior scholar at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University and professor emeritus of political science at Loyola University Chicago quoted in Newsweek.

        Unproven Technology to Block Sun's Rays Raises Practical, Ethical Concerns, Experts say

        Brian Green, director of technology ethics, quoted on National Catholic Reporter.

          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

          tree with birds 720x450

          Upcoming Events