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About the Center

The Center's home in Vari Hall on the Santa Clara University campus.

About the Center

The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics helps people and organizations make choices that warrant trust and lead to a life of value. 

Our Mission

As an ethics center at a university, MCAE engages students of all ages in addressing the choices that shape their personal character and lead to lives of value.

As a multi-disciplinary ethics center, MCAE supports leaders in business, government, health care, technology and other sectors in creating trustworthy professions and organizations through responsible decision-making.

As an ethics center in Silicon Valley, MCAE applies a framework of tested ethical approaches that provides a common language for people dealing with difficult issues, particularly those that arise from innovation.

We accomplish our mission in four ways:


By gathering people of different backgrounds and perspectives to identify, research, analyze, and address ethical dilemmas.

Knowledge Sharing

By creating concepts, cases, articles, videos, and curricula, and disseminating them in person and online.

Decision Making Framework

By applying a practical, easy-to-use Framework for Ethical Decision Making in all Center programs and initiatives.


By deploying a team of experts in multiple fields of applied ethics, available to faculty, students, media, and practitioners.

Our focus areas are business ethics, bioethics, campus ethics, character education, government ethics, Internet ethics, journalism ethics, leadership ethics, and nonprofit ethics. We partner with businesses, hospitals, schools, and other institutions to explore the ethical challenges in these professional fields.  We also offer a rich program of co-curricular events and activities for students, faculty, and staff at Santa Clara University.

The Center's strategic vision concentrates on institutional ethical leadership, personal ethical behavior and leadership, ethical issues facing Silicon Valley, and ethics of the next generation.

Founded in 1986 with a seed grant from Linda and A.C., the Center's history reflects Santa Clara University's commitment to ethics as part of educating the whole person in the Jesuit tradition.


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