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The Institute for Ethical Leadership and Social Responsibility

 Rosemont's commitment to ethical leadership, a core principle embedded in the culture of the College and of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, lead to the creation of The Institute for Ethical Leadership. The Institute fosters Rosemont’s longstanding commitment to preparing our graduates to be engaged citizens who work toward the greater good.

This is achieved by providing opportunities for student leadership and community engagement through academic programs and extra-curricular activities.

The Institute's mission is to promote the study and teaching of ethics, leadership, and social responsibility with a view to fostering moral awareness and ethical engagement throughout the Rosemont community and beyond.


Colloquium Series 2020

The Institute for Ethical Leadership and Social Responsibility hosts a monthly colloquium series which explores pressing issues in ethics and leadership. The colloquia, led by experts in their respective fields, serves as a platform for dialogue and discussion on topics ranging from systemic racism, digital privacy, pandemic ethics and other Covid-19-related problems, to fake news, sports ethics, and civility in political discourse.

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Programs and Initiatives

  • Faculty Development Programs help our faculty to integrate ethics with teaching and research in their disciplinary specialties.
  • The Ethics and Leadership Minor Program  is designed to provide students with a strong foundation for reasoned moral decision-making and effective, values-based leadership.
  • The Annual Ethics Essay Contest provides students with the opportunity to compete for a cash prize by producing a thoughtful essay on an issue with ethical implications.
  • The Monthly EQ provides students with the opportunity to test their “ethics quotient” by responding to a case scenario with ethical implications.
  • Guest Speakers address a variety of ethics and leadership issues to the campus and local communities.

Symposiums highlight specific ethics and leadership themes through presentations, workshops, and panel discussions.

Ethos is an annual publication that provides a synopsis of Institute activities and includes contributions by event participants, Institute staff, faculty, and students.

The Institute Research Collection provides support for faculty and student research in the areas of ethics, leadership, and social responsibility. The collection is housed in the Gertrude Kistler Memorial Library, which also maintains an online research guide.

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Ethics and Leadership Minor

Rosemont's Minor in Ethics and Leadership provides students with the foundation for effective values-based leadership roles. Courses introduce you to foundational principles of leadership and ethical decision-making. Electives are pulled from many disciplines, including Business, History, Sociology, Environmental Studies, Philosophy, and Communication. For a complete list of minors and their academic requirements, refer to our academic catalog.

Support The Institute (Gifts)

The Institute for Ethical Leadership and Social Responsibility is wholly dependent for support through gifts from individuals and foundations. Funds for programming, faculty development, research initiatives, and communication are essential in order to sustain the Institute’s work.

Please consider making a contribution to help support ongoing work and new initiatives. Contact: Alan Preti at 610-527-0200 x2345 or

A Letter from the Director

Higher education in the United States, particularly in the liberal arts and the Catholic intellectual tradition, has long emphasized the preparation of an educated citizenry for active civic, economic, and cultural participation by addressing important moral and social issues.

This emphasis continues to be of vital importance, as the complexities of today’s society increasingly demand that central questions concerning ethical values and their relevance to democratic society and human flourishing be addressed.

Likewise, ongoing moral failures in leadership – whether in politics, business, sports, education, and other societal institutions – require a thoughtful consideration of the moral foundation and social responsibilities of effective and inspiring leadership.

Our institute was launched with a view to raising the visibility of moral issues and providing opportunities for student leadership and community engagement throughout our academic programs and extra-curricular activities.

We are committed to helping students develop the knowledge and skills necessary for becoming reflective and active citizens who recognize the importance of contributing to the broader values and needs of society.   

Alan A. Preti, PhD