Ethical Vision

A new leader for the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics welcomed a new executive director in August. Donald Heider comes to SCU from Loyola University Chicago, where he served as dean of the School of Communication. Heider is steeped in questions of digital and journalism ethics. He has taught courses on communication and journalism and has won five Emmys as a broadcast journalist. He takes the ethics baton from Kirk O. Hanson, under whose 17-year stewardship the Center garnered recognition as the largest and most active university-based ethics center on the planet. It brings ethics into real-world problems and provides programming for the Mission campus, Silicon Valley, and beyond. Heider already knew the Center’s work; he had hosted internet ethics expert Irina Raicu and collaborated with journalism ethics expert Sally Lehrman. He’s also an SCU parent: Daughter Anna Heider ’19 arrived here a few years ago and is studying sociology and psychology.

Taking a Seat at Café AI

With the rise of ChatGPT and generative AI on college campuses, SCU faculty reckon with what it means for the future of education.

A Message in the Wind

Every year, SCU faculty and students gather beneath the trees and listen to the teaching of Laudato Si’.

Commence: 2023

As the class of 2023 graduates, speakers urge them to create lives of love that can change the world.

The Gentlewomen of SCU Rugby

Santa Clara’s women’s rugby team has a reputation for bringing brutal competition and being a safe haven.