Santa Clara University

Ethics and Leadership Camp for Public Officials

Ethics and Leadership Camp for Public Officials

  • Want to strengthen your city’s ethics program?
  • Want to identify the 10 most common ethical pitfalls of cities?
  • Want to learn the best practices for city ethics program?

SCU’s Markkula Center for Applied Ethics (MCAE) will conduct its third annual Ethics and Leadership Camp for Public Officials, designed to equip elected and appointed public officials with the knowledge and skills for enhancing and managing city ethics efforts.

 

When and Where

Who should attend?

Why should you attend?

What will you learn?

Who are the faculty?

What have other people said about the Government Ethics Program at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics?

How much does the program cost?

How do I register?

How can I get more information?

 

When and Where


Wed-Thurs.  June 25-26, 2008
Wiegand Center, Arts and Sciences

Santa Clara University Campus, Santa Clara, California

8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Who should attend?

Mayors, councilmembers, appointed officials of local government agencies, city managers, ethics commissioners, special district representatives, public information officers.



Why should you attend?

Ethics Camp builds on your personal understanding of ethics and values and provides tools for leadership in public life. Ethics Camp gives you the tools to improve your city’s efforts. At Ethics Camp, you will work with the staff and scholars of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University to explore the most common ethical dilemmas facing public officials and learn best practices for leadership in everyday decision making.

What will you learn?

Workshops will cover a “Framework for Ethical Decision Making” and topics of particular interest to local officials such as codes of ethics and values, conflicts of interest, campaign ethics and lobbying.

The theme for the camp is "Building Public Confidence" with an emphasis on transparency and leadership. On Wednesday, two media experts will discuss the public's right to know, sunshine laws, and the role the media plays in government. Thursday’s agenda will be devoted to developing personal and professional leadership in order to best govern in today’s challenging environment.

Who are the faculty?

Camp Director:

  • Judy Nadler, senior fellow in government ethics, MCAE; former mayor, City of Santa Clara, Calif.

Assistant Director:

  • Dr. Elizabeth Day, Ethics Center Scholar; faculty in the SCU School of Education.

Faculty:

  • LeeAnn Pelham, executive director, Los Angeles City Ethics Commission
  • Jerry Ceppos, Dean, Reynolds School of Journalism, University of Nevada
  • Scott Herhold, San Jose Mercury News

What have other people said about the Government Ethics Program at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics?

"The two-day camp, at which counselors wore 'moral compasses' slung around their necks, was a novel effort to create 'a culture of ethics and accountability.'"
--The New York Times

"Ethics Camp is unique and of benefit to public servants. The chance to interact with colleagues in a collaborative environment offers tremendous opportunities for sharing resources."
--Ethics Educator, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California


"Billed as the first of its kind boot camp for municipal ethics, the two-day gathering at Santa Clara University could become a model, some experts say.  It would serve as a way for local elected officials, academics, and ethics commissioners, to prepare for ethical dilemmas that officials deal with in office."
--The Christian Science Monitor


How much does the program cost?

Tuition for Ethics and Leadership Camp for Public Officials is $500 for one person, $2,000 for a group of five, which includes all sessions, materials, breakfasts and lunches, parking, and ongoing membership in the Ethics Roundtable for Public Officials at the Center. But don't let cost stand in the way of your participation.

A limited number of Scholarships are available. Preference will be given to municipalities and agencies sending teams of two or more participants and to those creating or redesigning ethics programs. If you wish to apply for a scholarship, please contact Judy Nadler (jnadler@scu.edu or 408-554-7892) or send her a short statement , including who will be attending from your city and how you plan to use the workshop to enhance your city s ethics programs.

How do I register?

On-line registration is available.
Cancellation Policy


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How can I get more information?

Senior Fellow in Government Ethics Judy Nadler can be reached at jnadler@scu.edu or 408-554-7892.    Address mail correspondence to

Judy Nadler, Senior Fellow in Government Ethics

Santa Clara University

Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

500 El Camino Real

Santa Clara, CA 95053-0633