“People don’t always know how to talk about ethics,” said Piers Turner, the Director of the Center for Ethics and Human Values (CEHV) at Ohio State University. “But there is a hankering for ethics once they look at it with something that interests them.”
That is the foundation for Ethics Circle, a new CEHV initiative that began Spring, 2020. The program promises individual project mentoring and the creation of a small, focused group of Ohio State community members who meet monthly to talk ethics over dinner. Faculty, staff, post-docs, and graduate students were invited to apply. Turner was delighted to receive 45 applications for the nine fellowships. The applications spanned 12 of OSU’s 15 colleges and included a healthy mix of graduate students, staff members, faculty and a post-doc. Fellows receive a $500 award for successful completion of their projects. They may also earn a “Teaching Ethics and Human Values” endorsement.
Turner says that the success of the program can be measured by project completions and by fellows’ continued interest. His goal is to build a campus community of people “who are engaging ethics in some serious way in their own work.” That includes staff members. “You can’t build campus culture without them,” Turner said.
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