In 2011, the Rotary Club of Erie partnered with Mercyhurst University and the school’s Evelyn Lincoln Institute for Ethics & Society to host a one-day event focused on promoting thoughtful dialogue about what defines ethical behavior and choices.

The symposium’s curriculum is presented in engaging, diverse and interactive formats, including a play presentation, small classroom discussions and a unique “open mic” session. Students are encouraged to think about ethical decision making and how the choices they make impact their lives, their family and friends, and their community.


Students learn about ethical theories and concepts; explore why it is important to behave ethically; and develop ethical decision-making skills for application and in their daily lives. The symposium has been very successful, as evidenced in the student evaluations of the day where more than 97% of students participating would recommend the symposium to others.

This year the event is open to juniors from all 20 Erie County high schools. Each high school may select up to 15 students to attend the Symposium (four alternate students may be selected in case one or more students are unable to attend).

The Symposium will begin with registration at 8:00 A.M. and will conclude at 2:00 P.M. Lunch is provided. Students should check with their guidance counselors for additional information.

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