“Carolina is dedicated to fostering a campus community that upholds the highest standards of ethics and integrity.
That commitment was affirmed in summer 2017 when Chancellor Carol L. Folt established the Office of Ethics Education and Policy Management and named Kim Strom-Gottfried to serve as the University’s director of ethics education and policy management. Strom-Gottfried remains the Smith P. Theimann Jr. Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Professional Practice in the School of Social Work.
For the past two years, Strom-Gottfried has met with an array of campus groups to explore
the challenges in upholding the highest standards of integrity and affirming the shared responsibility to do so. Now, she wants everyone to know more about the newly improved anonymous hotline they can use to meet that obligation.
It’s called the Carolina Ethics Line and while an earlier version was adopted at Carolina in 2005, the office has expanded the scope and visibility of the website with new reporting software to make it even easier for people to find and use.”
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February 28, 2018, the Carolina Forum for Ethics (UNC’s first and only student-led organization dedicated to ethical exploration and discussion) held their first large event, The Ethics of Self-Care. This event was comprised of a panel discussion about when, how, and if we should prioritize individual needs over the needs of others. After the panel was a Self-Care Fair where organizations from around campus came to share their resources on self-care. Read The Daily Tar Heel coverage here!
The Parr Center would like to extend a warm welcome to our newest graduate fellows listed below. These UNC graduate students are committed to incorporating ethics into their classes and personal research. Additionally, they frequently volunteer as speakers, panelists, judges, organizers, and much more to help extend the mission of the Parr Center. To learn more about this program and our newest fellows click here!
- In what ways have your core beliefs and larger aims been tested, transformed, or confirmed during your time in college?
- How have you had to defend or challenge prevailing ideas, social norms or institutions and what lessons have you learned from doing so?
On Saturday, January 20th, despite the last remnants of snow and ice, the Parr Center for Ethics hosted the 6th annual North Carolina High School Ethics Bowl at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The event centered on developing thoughtful and respectful discussions on topics such as breed specific legislation, hate speech, BIID, driverless cars, anti-smoking hiring policies, and more. 16 high schools from across the Triangle Area, Winston-Salem, High Point, Burgaw, and beyond, as well as Mouth of Wilson, VA, created a field of 22 teams–the largest and most diverse North Carolina competition to date!
We are excited to announce the winner of the North Carolina High School Ethics Bowl: North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics won the national competition in 2017 as well.
The top four teams:
- North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics Unicorns 1
- North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics Unicorns 2
- East Chapel Hill High School Apples
- Eastern Alamance High School Gold
The recipient of the Spirit of the Ethics Bowl as voted by the student participants was East Chapel Hill High School, with Hillside High School and the School for Creative Studies as close runners-up!
Congratulations to all the teams that competed in this year’s event! The judges and spectators have noted the outstanding presentations, the respectful and serious conversations, and the friendly and fun atmosphere.
The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics will now advance to the National High School Ethics Bowl on April 21-22, 2018 .
Thank you to all our many volunteers–judges and moderators–for supporting a unique learning experience in civil discourse for over 150 students. Without you, it would not be possible to make this event such a success!
It is our great pleasure to announce the acceptance of our three newest undergraduate fellows! Mitchell Brady, Guido Chiriboga, and Michael Quint will begin their work with the Parr Center January 10, 2018 and we could not be more excited!
Additionally, four of our current undergraduate fellows will spend Spring 2018 away from the Parr Center. Their plans are listed below. We wish safe travels and all the best to these great fellows!
- Aliza Bridge and Drushti Patel – Study abroad in Singapore
- Sarah Green – Study abroad in France
- Ying He – Internship in Washington D.C.
This past October the Parr Center co-sponsored the Happiness and Well-Being Conference hosted by Philosophy, Politics and Economics. Please visit Happiness and Well-Being to view a video recap of the event, livestream videos from the individual talks, more information about the speakers, and their related work.
In case you missed our event earlier this Fall or want more information about “Contract Sex: Decriminalization vs. Legalization” please visit Parr Center Presents – Laurie Shrage. There you can find an event summary, Shrage’s abstract and powerpoint slides, and interview between Undergraduate Fellow Jordan Lummus and Shrage, current news on the topic, and more about Shrage and her work.
It is with great pleasure that we present our Parr Center Youtube and Vimeo accounts. These accounts will provide event recaps, livestream videos, and promotional materials for our upcoming events throughout the year. They will also act as an archive for past events. What are you waiting for? Come see what we’ve been up to this semester!
Also, a special thanks to all of our videographers who have helped us cover these important topics and events.