The Center for Ethics aims to engage with the greater community on every level, which includes offering exciting opportunities for New Hampshire high school students.
The Center for Ethics supports Ethics Circles in New Hampshire high schools. Students learn principles for collaborative discourse and apply those values to discussions of ethical issues, under the guidance of a trained teacher-coordinator. Each school is running at least 12 such discussions during the academic year.
Ethics Circles enhance students' analytical, communication, and leadership skills and build capacities for empathy, reflection, deliberation, and dispute resolution in students' approaches to contemporary moral problems.
Ethics Circle students participate in two Ethics Lab events during the year, one each semester. An Ethics Lab involves a guided discussion on a community issue by a subject-matter expert, such as a community or business leader.
Past topics include:
- Prof. James Harrigan (Arizona State University), "The Knowledge Problem"
- Connie Roy-Czyzowski (Northeast Delta Dental), "Is it ever permissible to lie in a job application or interview?"
Goodchild High School Ethics Bowl
The Center for Ethics supports the Meelia Center for Community Engagement’s Access Academy program, an afterschool program that gives Manchester high school students who are typically underrepresented in higher education the opportunity to take classes for credit toward graduation. Center staff has supported two classes taught by Saint Anselm College student instructors over the course of multiple semesters: “Ethics & Your World” and “Ethics in Law.”
Contact Us About Ethics Circles
We have funding for new high schools to join our program! High school teacher-coordinators are eligible to earn stipends as independent contractors. To contact us about starting an Ethics Circle in a new school or for other queries related to this program, please email or call: