Make a meaningful difference

Increasingly, we are confronted with complex and nuanced ethical issues facing our society and world in areas of politics, health care, and education as well as every area of professional practice Multiculturalism, social disparities and technology have made it increasingly difficult to determine what is right, fair, just, legal, and moral. Preparing our students as ethical leaders, and promoting and providing opportunities for civil discourse on a range of topics facing our world, has never been more important or critical. The University’s mission and vision call upon us to reflect and act—and to make a meaningful difference in our world, our nation, region, city, community, and neighborhood. Because, if not us, then who?

High School Essay Contest 2020

2020-2021 Essay Contest

Open to all students enrolled in 11th or 12th grade classes. Essay must be submitted online on or before January 15, 2021.

Learn more about the essay contest.

The Atkins Center for Ethics is committed to bringing ethical reflection to bear on important social problems through research, teaching, and community engagement. The Center is a university-wide enterprise, which will have a vital role to play in advancing the University's core mission. 

"Pat and I are committed to raising the level of awareness of ethical issues for this region and for the country. The examination of issues involving what is right, fair, just, legal and moral is becoming increasingly critical to the future of our world. Carlow University has an almost 100-year history of teaching values and moral behavior. The Atkins Center for Ethics is envisioned to continue a dialogue about the ethical reflection and reasoning needed on the moral and social problems facing our country and world today. This is the difference we hope this investment can make." -- Michele Atkins, former chair of the Carlow Board of Trustees. It is because of Michele's and her husband Patrick's generosity that this Center can further Carlow's mission.

Read about Michele and Pat Atkins