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The Parr Center for Ethics has proudly served as Carolina’s focal point for inquiry into and discussion of ethical questions since 2004. The mission of the Parr Center is to nourish and foster ethical reflection and moral sensitivity on campus and beyond, guided by the conviction that ethics is everywhere. The Parr Center is committed to integrating abstract work in ethical theory with thoughtful, informed exploration of ethical issues important to the University and the communities it serves. The Parr Center is housed physically and administratively within UNC’s Department of Philosophy in the College of Arts and Sciences.


The Parr Center sees ethical reflection as a pervasive element of human life that is relevant to all fields of endeavor and at all stages of the lifespan. In keeping with its dual mission to nourish and foster ethical reflection on campus and beyond, the Parr Center offers both i) a rich menu of programming aimed mainly at campus (University) constituencies, and ii) a range of activities designed to encourage and enhance ethical reflection by participants outside the University. In particular, the Parr Center:


The Parr Center and its programs have won the American Philosophical Association/Philosophy Documentation Center Award For Excellence and Innovations in Philosophy Programs three times (in 2008, 2014, and 2021).


Recent News

All Call for UNC Undergrads: Become a Parr Heel!

UNC Undergraduates interested in ethics - this is for you!

Undergraduate End of Year Celebration

Ethics Recruits, Fellows, and Scholars wrapped up another successful year!

Vazquez on Stoicism & its Legacies

A Distinguished Scholar Seminar featuring Michael Vazquez

Sarah Stroud on the Ethics of Lying

Announcing the third video in the Parr Center Ethical Dilemma Series with TED-Ed!

NHSEB 10: A New Look for the Program

This year, for its 10th Anniversary, the National High School Ethics Bowl will get an exciting new look and feel.

New Book on Deliberative Pedagogy and Ethics Bowl

NHSEB Director Alex Richardson and Outreach Director Michael Vazquez are both featured in a new volume from Rowman and Littlefield.

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The non-discrimination policy of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill states that we are “committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment.” This applies to all students, faculty, staff, and visitors to our campus. The policy further states that the University does not “discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status.” The Parr Center for Ethics endorses this policy and opposes any attempt to weaken or undermine the University’s commitment to promoting diversity and equality.