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Ethics Academy for local high schoolers comes to UNF

The University of North Florida Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies is pleased to announce the opening of the UNF Ethics Academy kicking off next week. The academy is a two-week philosophy summer camp for high school students in the greater Jacksonville area interested in exploring complex ethical issues and their application in the real world.

The Ethics Academy program aims to train UNF students as facilitators on ethical issues while engaging high school students about the nature of ethics and how ethical decision-making has critical importance in all aspects of our lives.

Run by faculty with help from UNF students and community leaders, each day will consist of activities, academic workshops and discussion groups to encourage young students to explore critical thinking and team building. Guest speakers include Dr. Alissa Swota, executive director of Bioethics at Wolfson’s Children Hospital/Baptist Health, and Carla Miller, president of City Ethics and former director of Jacksonville’s Office of Ethics, Compliance, and Oversight.

UNF students will lead participants through challenging case studies, helping them to think both critically and collaboratively about contemporary moral issues while paying attention to differences in value and alternative perspectives. At the end of the two-week camp, the Academy will host a mini ethics bowl competition where students will discuss the cases they have developed over the course of the summer camp.

The UNF Ethics Academy is supported by three generous local private donors, the Florida Blue Center for Ethics, a grant provided by the Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization (PLATO) and the local community.

For more information, view the Ethics and Community webpage or contact Dr. Sarah Mattice.