Stand Up Award

Posted: November 20, 2014

Are you a Penn State student who has stood up for what's right?

What do you need to Stand Up? 

In the face of difficult challenges, social pressures, and conflicting claims concerning what to do, it takes courage and conviction to Stand Up for the beliefs that we hold dear. 

You Stand Up when you have:

  • Confidence, borne of solid understanding of the tools for ethical inquiry.  
  • Experience that leads to understanding the possible pitfalls and benefits of speaking out.
  • Knowledge of the culture, language, and ideals in which ethical norms are embedded.

At the Rock Ethics Institute, we are extremely proud that one need not look far to find examples of such courage and conviction among the undergraduate students at Penn State. Community involvement and activism are clearly alive and well on campuses across the Commonwealth. Because of this, it is especially impressive when a student stands out by standing up in a way that involves:

  • Articulating the particular ethical values and principles that are most relevant to the situation.
  • Assessing where really substantive agreements and disagreements occur.
  • Modeling productive ways of addressing disagreements