Good Practice Resources
By Jessica Mestre, Michigan State University
The Madison Collaborative: “Ethical Reasoning in Action” is an educational initiative at James Madison University (JMU) that seeks to develop the ethical reasoning skills of the entire student body. The Madison Collaborative (MC) is specifically guided by the mission of “prepar[ing] enlightened citizens who apply ethical reasoning in their personal, professional, and civic lives.”
A metaphorical red flag serves as an early indicator of impending danger. It can also provide a message for bystanders communicating that someone needs care and support. Capitalizing on this metaphor, The Red Flag Campaign utilizes tangible red flags as a symbol to increase awareness of warning signs for dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
Service-learning has roots in the writings of American philosopher John Dewey and Brazilian educator Paulo Freire. Dewey argued that education was less about accumulating knowledge and more about developing student judgment, a skill necessary for participatory democracy. Freire believed education was a process of empowerment, where the teacher-learner relationship is reciprocal; educators are also learners and students are also teachers.
The D. Abbott Turner Program in Ethics and Servant Leadership (EASL) promotes servant leadership and ethically engaged practice. Amidst declining civic involvement and growing cynicism toward public institutions, universities must take seriously their role in cultivating and forming tomorrow’s leaders. Inherent in this work is the need to develop in those future leaders the required intellectual rigor, ethical awareness, and concern for the common good.
The Spiritual Life Project (SLP) is an initiative at The Florida State University dedicated to encouraging meaning, purpose, and authenticity in the lives of college students. Established in 2009, the SLP is a focus group uniquely comprised of faculty, staff, and students who all have an integral part in the planning and programming of the project.