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Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

An Industry Leader in Ethics Consultation

For more than 35 years, the Ethics Center has helped individuals and organizations make better decisions and includes offering fee-for-service options for organizations that want a customized approach to building training programs, case studies, and other materials.

Apply for a 2023-24 Government Ethics Fellowship

Application window extended through 5 p.m. PDT Thursday, May 25, 2023.

Fellows engage in research and curriculum projects on civics education, civic engagement, and ethical approaches to voting and elections in the United States, as well as individual ethics research projects. 

Learn More and Apply for the Fellowship

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Spring 2023 Hackworth Grants for Students

Application Deadline: 9 a.m. Pacific Monday, June 5, 2023.

SCU undergrads and graduate students are invited to apply for a Spring 2023 Hackworth Grant for research in applied ethics. Preference is given to applications seeking funding to support research related to a project undertaken for credit (for example, a major paper, a poster project, capstone project, etc.). Grants must involve applied ethics.

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Spring 2023 Research Grants for Faculty and Staff

Application Deadline: 9 a.m. Pacific Monday, June 5, 2023.

Faculty (of all ranks) and staff at Santa Clara University are invited to apply for Hackworth Research Grants to support research in applied ethics.

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Featured Ethics Spotlights
Generative Artificial Intelligence including text, computer generated images.

Throughout history, new technologies have disrupted society in different ways–some positively and some negatively–from steam-powered engines and electricity, to the Internet, and now again with artificial intelligence (AI); generative AI in particular in this instance. The creation of art, journalism, education, and the very truth itself have all been tested by the use of ChatGPT and other generative AIs. Markkula Center staff and scholars unpack some of the many related ethical dilemmas in this Ethics Spotlight.

The U.S. Flag and Constitution, semi-automatic guns, a shooter with AR-15, and a human hand held in the air to block or stop the action.

The gun debate has again reached a fever pitch in the shadow of several horrific mass shootings. Ethics Center staff and faculty interrogate the moral and ethical issues associated with gun use and regulation.

Laura Sanchez, right, holds her 2-month-old son, Lizandro, while receiving a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine from a registered nurse, Noleen Nobleza at a vaccine clinic set up in the parking lot of CalOptima in Orange, Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021 that more than 80% of the people eligible to receive the coronavirus vaccine in CA

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 vaccinated. Ethics Center staff and scholars analyze the critical questions in this Ethics Spotlight.

All About Ethics: Perspectives From Across the Center

How might news platforms and products ensure that ethical journalism on chronic issues is not drowned out by the noise of runaway political news cycles?

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Video of our recent panel discussion is now available.

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The risk that unethical employees pose to a corporation justify the inclusion of a few good questions related to ethics in the interview process.

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ESG Resource Center

Ethics Helps Companies Operationalize ESG Reporting

Companies are under extreme pressure from customers, investors, and the government to begin accounting for how they are performing in these non-financial matters, and this new set of resources will help them more efficiently operationalize ESG reporting.

Explore the Ethics and ESG Resource Center

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Ethics Center Advisory Board member Ann Ravel.

Advisory Board member Ann Ravel utilizes her experience in government and legal ethics to contribute to the Ethics Center.

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Anjali Joshi and Tom Kelly join the Ethics Center’s Advisory Board

Anjali Joshi and Tom Kelly, two respected leaders and experts, join the Ethics Center’s Advisory Board.

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

David DeCosse, director of religious and Catholic ethics, published in National Catholic Reporter.

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Brian Green, director, technology ethics, quoted by The Economic Times of India.

David DeCosse, director religious and Catholic ethics, quoted by Commonweal Magazine.

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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