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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 helps people make the kind of choices that inspire trust.  In our focus areas - bioethics, business ethics, campus ethics, character education, government ethics, Internet ethics, leadership ethics, and nonprofit 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.


All About Ethics Blog

  • The Ethics of CRISPR

    The Ethics of CRISPR/Cas9 Genome Editing

    Bioethicist Silvia Camporesi speaks at SCU

    Listen to the podcast of Silvia Camporesi describing the new gene editing techniques and the bioethical and biopolitical ramifications.

  • Presidents and Pizza

    Voting and Being Informed

    Do we have a duty to do either?

    Being informed as a college student in the 2016 presidential election.

  • Survey

    Thinking about Nonprofit Ethics

    Shaping a new ethics program

    Complete the survey to share your thoughts on some of the issues facing nonprofit ethics.


    Recent work in ethics

    • Education and Civil Rights in the 21st Century

      Pedro Noguera, distinguished professor of education, explores school segregation and the current reform agenda being promoted by states, the federal government, and various advocacy groups.

    • Developing Trust in the Media

      During a two-day design sprint, The Trust Project and the Society for News Design developed prototype tools that surface indicators of quality in journalism.

      Center News

      Hackworth Applications Open to SCU Juniors

      The goal of the Hackworth Fellows program is for Fellows to promote ethical reflection and reflective ethical action among their undergraduate peers

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      Ethics Center Receives Record Donations

      Thanks to our generous donors on SCU's Day of Giving. Donations help support our programs and promote ethical decision making in all aspects of life.

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      BroncoHack 2016

      Can You Hack it?

      On April 16-17, the third annual BroncoHack hackathon will see as many as 200 students from a half-dozen area colleges and universities “code it out” over 24 hours to win prizes.

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