The Center for Ethics is dedicated to preparing the next generation of leaders to be the best they can be. Student programs are designed to foster dialogue, build leadership skills, and encourage intellectual pursuits.
The Center hosts a series of on-campus talks and discussions between Saint Anselm College students and faculty. Students eat a free, catered dinner and get a chance to interact with professors in an informal environment. The purpose of these dinner discussions is to give students and faculty a chance to talk about "big ideas" beyond the constraints of a formal classroom and to contribute to intellectual pluralism and tolerance on campus. If you have any topics you want to discuss, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Past topics include:
- Professor Elizabeth Rickenbach (Psychology), “Should We Edit Our Genes?”
- Professor Max Latona (Philosophy), “Does a Good Leader Need to Be a Good Person?”
- Professor Scheopner Torres (Education), “Should We Have Standardized Tests?”
Student Employment Opportunities
Student employees assist in day-to-day operations and programs, and many assist with High School Ethics Circles, where they facilitate discussions on ethical topics for high school students and help prepare them for the annual Goodchild Ethics Bowl. For more information about employment opportunities, email email@example.com.
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.”
The Center supports student research; click here to read about the research Laura Santer ‘21 did with support from Center staff.
Goodchild College Ethics Bowl
With the support of alumnus Kenneth J. Goodchild, Saint Anselm College students participate in an on-campus Ethics Bowl each semester. Judges include business and non-profit executives, as well as distinguished College alumni. In Spring 2021, Ethics Bowl was virtual, and Saint Anselm student teams discussed the ethical issues involved in factory farming, dining out during a pandemic, fast fashion, and cancel culture, among other cases. Judges included Paul Casey (retired partner, Ballard Spahr LLP), Dean Christon (Executive Director of New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority), Ryan Hvizda (Principal, Hvizda Realty), Elissa Margolin (Executive Director of Housing Action NH), Connie Roy-Czyzowski (Vice President of Northeast Delta Dental), and Molly Lunn Owen (Executive Director of 603 Forward). The winning team demonstrated careful analysis of the central ethical challenges, thoughtful awareness of the views of those who might not agree with them, and a well-organized presentation.
International Business Ethics Case Competition (IBECC)
Saint Anselm College students participate in IBECC, a business ethics competition with teams of undergraduate and graduate students from around the world.
The 2021 competition took place virtually on April 14-16, and the Saint Anselm College team was comprised of five students: Kerri Roy ’21 (Psychology), Katharine Cusack ’21 (Communication), Connor O’Brien ’21 (Economics), Jess Cacciola ’22 (Communication), and Hunter Newsham ’22 (Forensics). Dr. Kiki Berk (Philosophy, Southern New Hampshire University) and Dr. Joshua Tepley (Philosophy, Saint Anselm College) served as their faculty coaches. The team presented on the ethics of fast fashion, focusing specifically on the H&M clothing retail company.