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About the Center

About the Center

The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics supports individuals and organizations to make better choices that ​care for others and ​protect our shared environment.

Our Mission

The Ethics Center

  • Helps individuals of all ages make choices that serve others and shape personal character
  • Applies a Framework of practical ethical questions to address everyday dilemmas and emerging issues in a rapidly changing world
  • Helps leaders in business, government, health care, and other sectors create trustworthy organizations

We accomplish our mission in four ways:


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


By widely sharing what we learn with a global audience

Decision Making Framework

By actively promoting a practical, easy-to-use Framework for Ethical Decision Making


By deploying a team of experts in key fields of applied ethics

Our focus areas are business ethics, bioethics, campus ethics, character education, government ethics, Internet ethics, journalism ethics, leadership ethics, and social sector 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. "Mike" Markkula, 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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