Silver Anniversary

What mark has SCU carved upon Silicon Valley? In the spirit, ethics, and business that make the Valley come to life.

Silver Anniversary

Where does SCU leave its mark in Silicon Valley? In spirituality, ethics, and entrepreneurship. That’s why 25 years ago, former SCU President Paul Locatelli, S.J. formally denominated the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, and Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education as centers of distinction to “serve as a major point of interaction between the University and society.” Here’s how they’ve changed the world.

Markkula Center


Media mentions in publications, including the San Francisco Chronicle, Nieman Journalism Lab, Forbes, and the New York Times. (2021-22)


Grad students, academics, and industry pros attended the Summer Institute on Technology Ethics (SITE) at SCU in July 2022—an intensive, 2-week program on developing expertise in tech/AI ethics.

Miller Center


million raised by social entrepreneurs on average in the first three years after participating in the accelerator programs.


entrepreneurs participated in the new suite of alumni solutions, including a bespoke mentoring program for current and former program participants.

Ignatian Center


hours of service were provided last winter quarter through Ignatian Fellowship, which places participants in local non-profit organizations.


hours of student engagement through 42 community non-profits and service organizations through the quarterly Arrupe Engagement program.

Spin Masters

In searching for patterns that would differentiate one species of webspinners from the next, Professor Janice Edgerly-Rooks wondered: What if you put their steps to music? Would you be able to hear the differences?

A Strong Red

Santa Clara’s signature red has been around since the late 1800s. Before it was made official, though, we were almost the blue Broncos.

Unspooling Stories

Art historian Andrea Pappas explores the sneaky feminism woven into colonial embroideries.

The Pope, AI, and Us

Santa Clara’s Markkula Center joins the Vatican in contemplating—what else?—the ethics of AI and other disruptive tech.