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Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

Markkula Center for Applied Ethics Statement on Recent Events and the History of Racism Toward Asians, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders (AAPI)

Read the Ethics Center statement of solidarity for the AAPI community.

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.

Ethics Spotlight: 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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Featured Ethics Spotlights

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Violence at the Capitol

It’s hard to imagine that ethics played any kind of role in the insurrection at the Capitol building, but from leadership failures to free speech and social media to the Supreme Court, Ethics Center staff and scholars provide an analysis of the ethical challenges associated with the historic actions of January 6.

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The Ethics of Going Back to School in a Pandemic

As students across the country start a new school year, many are participating online only, while others are attending in person, in the classroom – with some already closing down again after new outbreak clusters form. Ethics Center staff and other SCU scholars address some of the key ethical dilemmas surrounding this critical decision.

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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.

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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.

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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 Lenses in Immigration Ethics: Nationalism, Cosmopolitanism, and Democracy

    Navigating the controversial debates in immigration ethics through the three lenses: nationalism, cosmopolitanism, and democracy.

    “Suffering is Not a Natural Destiny”: Why Solidarity Reporting on Public Safety for Marginalized Communities Cannot Wait

    How solidarity news values can help improve reporting on marginalized communities

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    On Cyber-Insecurity and the Common Good

    The cost of cyber-insecurity is already too high.

      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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      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.

      Business Ethics Interns Learn Ethical Business Practices and Build Career Networks

      The Business Ethics Internship program builds an understanding of ethical business practices and is an ideal career start for a young professional with an interest in business ethics.

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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

        Returning Salesforce Employees Will Have to be Fully Vaccinated

        Charles E. Binkley, MD, director of bioethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, interviewed by NBC Bay Area.

        Vaccine Ethics

        Charles E. Binkley, MD, director of bioethics and Irina Raicu, director, internet ethics, both at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, interviewed by KQED.

        Tainted Donors: Is Their Money Tainted, Too?

        Joan Harrington, director of social sector ethics, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, mentioned in NonProfit Pro.

          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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