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Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

How do people and organizations inspire trust?

They make choices based on justifiable standards. They take others into account in their decisions. And then they do what they say they will do.

The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics engages individuals and organizations to make choices that respect and care for others.  In our focus areas—bioethics, business ethics, campus ethics, character education, government ethics, Internet ethics, journalism ethics, leadership ethics, and social sector ethics—we work with scholars and professionals to apply ethical ideas to the very real problems people encounter. We examine the obstacles to ethical action in many areas of our lives and develop tools to help people perform at their best.


Perspectives on the News by Center Staff

Student at a memorial outside Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School (AP Photo/Gerald HerbertImage link to full article

Reflections on School Shootings

New lesson plan available.

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Child of immigrants from Central America (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)Image link to full article

Border Poster Controversy

Flyer message: Because of who you are, you will not be recognized.

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Santa Clara University Assistant Professor of Anthropology Robin NelsonImage link to full article

Sex, Power, and Access

Anthropology professor looks at sexual harassment and rape culture.

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        Free Speech and Civil Discourse

        For the 2017-18 academic year, the Ethics Center will explore the theme of freedom of speech and civil discourse through public events, the work of a team of undergraduate fellows, and the provision of educational materials about key, contested ethical issues. 

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