ICW Ethics Bowl

Congratulations Gonzaga University!

Gonzaga Team

Gonzaga University emerged the overall winner of the 2nd annual ICW sponsored Ethics Bowl held April 17th, 2015 at Seattle Pacific University.

Whitworth University earned second place, followed by Walla Walla University and Seattle Pacific University in third and fourth places respectively.

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What is an Ethics Bowl?

"Very cool event. I have shared with co-workers and suggested if they ever get asked to help, they should make the time to do so."

-2014 ICW Ethics Bowl volunteer judge/moderator

The ICW Ethics Bowl is a full-day competition among student teams from our 10 member colleges designed to showcase student knowledge of applied ethics as a hallmark of their liberal arts education.

Each ICW college prepares and sends a team of up to five students to debate in a competitive setting, using cases prepared by volunteers that explore real ethical issues relevant to our modern time.

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Goals and Outcomes

ICW Goals for the Ethics Bowl

"I was very impressed with the quality, thoughtfulness, and professionalism of the discussions by the student participants!"

-2014 ICW Ethics Bowl volunteer judge/moderator

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The Ethics Bowl was selected by ICW’s board of directors in April 2012 as the main student-centered event to mark our 60th year of serving the 10 nonprofit liberal arts colleges and universities in Washington.

    After an extremely successful first event in April 2014, the ICW board chose to continue the ICW Ethics Bowl.

    The 2015 ICW Ethics Bowl goals are to:

  • Showcase students’ abilities to apply ethics to everyday challenges as future business and community leaders
  • Increase visibility of ICW institutions as places where critical and analytical thinking is encouraged and social responsibility and accountability is instilled
  • Engage the statewide business community as collaborators in key phases of event organization and as financial partners/sponsors

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Outcomes for Students

"I loved the opportunity to translate theoretical knowledge gleaned in the classroom into real-world situations. Also, it's a team sport! Learning to operate with four other team members proves an invaluable skill."

-2014 ICW Ethics Bowl student

The future we want for our world and the next generation of leaders is an ethical one.

Ethics Bowls teach:

  • How to think systematically and critically - Students examine complex cases where there are competing values and learn how to discern the most important considerations in each case. This practice equips our future leaders to make informed, thoughtful, and difficult decisions.
  • Real world application of ethical theory - Students apply classroom theory to real situations, learn how it can guide action, and understand how practical considerations can strengthen their argument.
  • Respect - Students learn how to have conversations about difficult issues in a way that shows respect for each other as human beings. The experience helps students learn how to demonstrate civility and respectful disagreement, and find ways to work together across differences.
  • Click here to learn more about the students participating in the 2015 ICW Ethics Bowl.

    Click here to watch a video of one of the ICW Ethics Bowl team advisors talking about how ethics bowl students use their expertise and their reasoning and deliberation skills as they learn how to engage people on contrversial ethical issues.

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    Contact Us

    For more information about the 2015 ICW Ethics Bowl, including available volunteer opportunities and event sponsorship, please contact:

    Anne Cassidy, Vice President for Advancement Services
    Anne@ICWashington.org, 206-623-4494