The mission of the Center for Ethics in Society is to enrich the knowledge and practice of principled ethical decision-making by addressing important social and organizational issues through collaborative discussion, research, and education.
The Center draws upon time-tested approaches to communal learning and inquiry to develop solutions for the common good.
Our programs are informed by the Benedictine values of hospitality, humility, listening, learning, community, and the common good.
- Hospitality: The Center encourages participants to be welcoming to each other in thought, word, and deed.
- Humility: Acknowledging that no one has all the answers, we seek counsel from diverse perspectives and foster a forthright exchange of ideas and opinions.
- Listening: We try to understand the different values, perspectives, and experiences that participants bring to our conversations.
- Learning: We seek to discover insight in the words of others, including the youngest members of our community (the students), as well as those with whom we disagree.
- Community: Our discussions are aimed not at self-promotion, but at enriching our campus, city, and state communities through a better understanding of complex issues.
- Common good: Our collaboration is ultimately aimed at effecting positive changes, not just for individuals but for communities.