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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 supports individuals and organizations to make better choices that ​care for others and ​protect our shared environment.  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.


An Introduction to the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

Highlights of the Ethics Center's programs, mission, and accomplishments, in a special video commissioned for the Center's 30th Anniversary.

Check Out Our 30th Anniversary Website

30th Anniversary

All About Ethics Blog

  • End-of-life Conversation (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

    End-of-Life Option Act

    Some early results

    As California begins to implement its new law, health care providers are uncertain.

  • How do we teach ethics to future doctors?

    How do we Teach Ethics to Future Doctors?

    Observations from the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities conference

    New medical schools are taking new approaches to medical ethics education.


    How to Make Politics, and Government, Better

    Former Congressman Tom Campbell discusses what can be done to improve the quality of campaigns and the performance of the federal and state government.

    Center News

    Marty Procaccio Joins Ethics Center Staff

    Marty, a native Santa Claran and published author on special education, recently joined the Ethics Center staff. He has a bachelor’s degree in religious studies and a master’s degree from SCU.

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    Join Our Social Media Challenge

    We're looking for your best social media posts about the Ethics Center to honor our 30th Anniversary, and 4 winners will each receive a $50 Amazon gift card!

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