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Voting, Catholicism, and the 2020 Election

REPLAY from YouTubeLIVE discussion held on 10/21/20 with Bishop Robert McElroy, one of the leading Catholic intellectuals in the United States, on voting, Catholic social thought, and the 2020 election.

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Voting for Ethics

A Guide for U.S. Voters

“Voting for Ethics” is a non-partisan, how-to guide for U.S. voters. It will help you identify the hallmarks of an ethical candidate and make a more informed decision -- whether for your local school board or the 2020 presidential election.

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Featured Ethics Spotlights

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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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COVID-19: Ethics, Health and Moving Forward

As businesses, schools, families and individuals transition from shelter-in-place to the new normal, critical questions must be considered and addressed before our economy can be revived. Ethics Center staff have compiled the following resources; including video interviews with business and non-profit leaders, panel discussions, and actionable tools; all designed to help us move forward.

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The California Wildfires

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.

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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 Perspectives

    President Trump and Vice President Biden at the first debate during the 2020 election.
    Why We Need Another Debate

    Public debate is one of many tools for educating the public about candidates and their positions on issues and the voting public deserves another.

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    The Ethics of Journalists ‘Covering’ Claudia Conway

    Should the media “cover” Kellyanne Conway’s daughter and her posts on TikTok?

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    Presidential Leadership Ethics: One Decision, Two Colonoscopies

    A comparison of two presidents’ handling of health issues highlights the leadership approach of each leader.

      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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      “Covering Elections in Solidarity” workshops bring together journalists, journalism educators

      Solidarity journalism initiative holds workshops for journalists and journalism educators covering the 2020 elections.

      Former Hackworth Grant Recipient Jeremy Herb ‘08 Wins Emmy

      Herb is CNN national security reporter covering politics.

      DeCosse Presents Ethics Center Orientation

      “ConnectU” provided dynamic online orientation for 1,200 new students.

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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

        San Francisco 49ers owner Jed York speaks to reporters after a practice at the team's NFL football training facility in Santa Clara, Calif., Friday, Jan. 24, 2020.
        49ers Owner Jed York Pours Millions Into Santa Clara City Council Race After Years of Battling City Hall

        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 interviewed by Bay Area News Group and quoted in The Mercury News.

        San Francisco 49ers owner Jed York watches players warm up before the NFL NFC Championship football game against the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
        Jed York’s $1.4 million Spending to Control the City Council Will be an Issue for Many Voters, Says Political Expert

        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 interviewed by Santa Clara News

        A New Guide to Running an Ethical Campaign

        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 the Campaigns & Elections Newsletter.

          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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