For several years, the philosophy department at Rice University has sought to promote critical ethical reflection and civil discourse among young people. In March 2015, members of the department felt a strong need to increase these mission-driven efforts for community engagement. Ethics and Society is both an extension and amplification of this important work. It is a three-week summer enrichment program designed and taught by Rice PhD students for rising high school juniors and seniors. The program offers free tuition, meals, and supplies for participants. Ethics and Society promotes analytical pre-college ethical instruction, equality of educational opportunity, and increasing diversity within philosophy. In accordance with these goals, the 2016, 2017, and 2018 cohorts have been composed of students whose race, ethnicity, or gender are underrepresented in our field.
This year our program is sponsored by the Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization and will be held July 11 - 29, 2022. Our site visits will include Baylor College of Medicine's Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Houston Police Department, PAIR-Partnership for the Advancement & Immersion of Refugees, and YMCA International Services.