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About the Center

About the Center

The mission of the Ethics Center is to engage individuals and organizations in making choices that ​respect and care for others.



The Center is a global advocate for a more ethical society.  We help individuals to make choices and shape their personal character, assist leaders to create trustworthy organizations, and apply a framework of ethical reasoning to everyday decisions and to emerging issues driven by social and technological change. We accomplish our mission and vision 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.



The Ethics Center's staff of 20 includes ethics scholars and practitioners in many fields.

Among our staff are Ph.D. ethicists, lawyers, businesspeople, school principals, religious leaders, scientists, and journalists.

We are guided by an Advisory Board of leaders in the Silicon Valley. The board is comprised of representatives of major valley companies, law firms, and nonprofit organizations. We also have a Faculty Steering Committee that helps develop Center policy.

The Center's home at a Jesuit institution that requires ethics courses for all undergraduates gives us access to a faculty with expertise in ethics in many disciplines. More than 50 of those faculty members serve as Center Scholars who assist us in a variety of projects.


Contact Us

Markkula Center for Applied Ethics
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053-0633

Phone: 408-554-5319
Fax: 408-554-2373

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