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Ethics Spotlight

Ethical Considerations for COVID-19 Vaccination

While vaccines provide protection for individuals and communities against severe disease and death, this fight is far from over as we see infection rates climb, especially among children who cannot be vaccinatedEthics Center staff and scholars analyze the critical questions in this Ethics Spotlight.


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Get Vaccinated Webinar Series

A Check-In With Catholic Schools

COVID-19, Vaccinations, and Back to School: A Check-In with Catholic Schools with Lincoln Synder, the President/CEO of the National Catholic Educational Association will discuss how Catholic schools are and should be responding to COVID-19, vaccinations, and other issues related to the return to school during a pandemic. 

11-11:30 a.m. Pacific Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021

And don't miss the next event in the series...

11-11:30 a.m. Pacific Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021 - Pandemic Impact and Vaccinations for Kids

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Featured Ethics Spotlights

Racism and hate are not new to the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, but the onset and spread of COVID-19 has led to massive increases in both. Ethics Center staff and scholars unpack some of the many related ethical dilemmas in this Ethics Spotlight.

Medical professional holding a syringe and a vile of covid-19 vaccine

While advancements in vaccines for the novel coronavirus are pointing to a light at the end of the tunnel, numerous ethical dilemmas lie ahead. Ethics Center staff, scholars, and students analyze these critical issues in this Ethics Spotlight.

California wildfire

The world has been experiencing worsening wildfire conditions for decades, and in California the situation is particularly bad. The Ethics Center staff and other scholars address some of the key ethical issues surrounding these disasters.

    A Guide for Nonprofit Organizations

    Nonprofit organizations rely on charitable gifts, but often lack guidance on how to navigate gifts from controversial donors. This guide offers practical and ethical considerations for nonprofit organizations that face increasing scrutiny for gift acceptance decisions.

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    Ethical Giving Guide

    Materials to Support Donors with Gifting Decisions

    Designed to help individual donors and family foundations think through their nonprofit giving decisions and to do it ethically, this guide outlines the steps to take with related ethical considerations and helps donors define their personal mission.

    Find Your Personal Mission

    All About Ethics: Perspectives From Across the Center

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    Are we using too much of our "attentional commons" on the metaverse?

    A woman receiving a vaccine shot from a nurse

    Vaccination and mask mandates will push us all to be our better selves—to protect ourselves and others from the health, economic, and social consequences of unchecked pandemic.

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    Amidst the chaos of the day, we have to work hard to help evangelize the rest of the world to become people of competence, conscience, and compassion for all and for the hope of a better tomorrow, in other words, we need to apply ethical decision making.

      Teaching Note: Interview of Theranos Whistleblower, Tyler Shultz

      This teaching module for business ethics, leadership and management courses includes two videos, homework assignments, and class discussion, all designed to spark conversation about ethical issues associated with whistleblowers and corporate governance.

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      Center News

      Get Vaccinated Webinar Series: Back-to-School Series

      The Ethics Center, in partnership with Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, creates a series of webinars on the importance of COVID-19 vaccinations.

      Six SCU Faculty and one student receive grants to research restorative justice, anti-bias, ethics and the collective good, and more.

      Ethics Center recognizes graduating seniors and names recipient of the 2021 Markkula Prize.

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        Evaluating Culture for Ethics

        Our Culture Self-Assessment Practice recommends approaches to evaluating culture for ethics within companies and other types of organizations. The materials are primarily for members of an organization’s leadership team, including human resources and legal, but designed to engage a cross-section of leaders from various disciplines.

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        Media Commentary

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        Ann Skeet, senior director of leadership ethics, quoted by Forbes.

        Ann Skeet, senior director of leadership ethics, quoted on Built-in.

        Charles E. Binkley, MD, bioethics fellow, and Brian P. Green, PhD, director of technology ethics, published in the American Medical Association Journal of Ethics.

          Like Birds, Ethical Issues Are Everywhere...

          ...often difficult to spot, but noticed by those in search of them.

          The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University exists to help people see, understand, and work through ethical problems.

          As an introduction to thinking ethically, we have created a framework for ethical decision making.

          Learn About Our Framework

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