The rule of democracy requires that establishing public policy or deciding among social alternatives must have the consent of society. The rule of common sense dictates that policies and alternatives can best accomplish their goals if they are based on thorough and unbiased research, and are presented with integrity and impartiality. This is a time when it is crucial to reflect with clarity and penetration of vision on issues of democratic principles, social responsibility, individual rights and a range of other ethical issues that address us as we move into the new century. It is a proper role of Academia to utilize its intellectual resources to deepen understanding of these moral issues and to work toward their resolution.
The Center for Ethics and Values is a home to a group of individuals concerned with rigorous investigation of ethical issues, enlightened dialogue and the dissemination of knowledge that will lead to informed moral choice. Housed in the College of Humanities of the California State University, Northridge, the Center consists of a Director and an Advisory Committee drawn from the university.
The Center seeks to serve the university, the immediate community, and society at large through: (1) research on ethical and social policy issues; (2) dissemination of research through publications, conferences and public events; and (3) help for individuals and organizations requesting consultation on ethical decisions and matters of social policy.
Drawing primarily upon the intellectual resources of the University, the Center's approach is multicultural and multidisciplinary. The topics dealt with depend on the interests of the members and availability of resources. Examples of past topics of interest are: gender and environment issues; public access to education; values in public education; the question of justice; immigration, racism, poverty; racial and ethnic conflicts; health issues such as euthanasia, care for the poor, death and dying; meta-social issues involving conceptual and methodological problems or research biases.