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Ethics and Leadership Academy

The After-School Ethics Leadership Academy gives promising sixth-grade students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and to learn about ethics every year. During the leadership academy, the students have the opportunity to interact with Jackson Scholars who serve as group discussion leaders. For many students, this is their first experience with college life. A group of students are selected annually by local middle schools to participate in the After-School Ethics Leadership Academy. 

The After-School Ethics Leadership Academy is a tradition that started in 2004 as a summer program. Over time it developed into a spring After-School Ethics and Leadership Academy.‌  ‌

The Spring 2018 academy featured three sessions that focused on various topics related to ethics and sustainability, with the third session featuring a tour of the Coastal Carolina University campus. This years Ethics and Leadership Academy welcomed 60 local students from the following middle schools: Myrtle Beach, Loris, Aynor, Black Water, Ocean Bay, Forestbrook, Whittemore Park, and Conway. The students joined us here at the University every Monday afternoon for three consecutive weeks. The second week we met, Dr. Dan Abel spoke to the students about his experiences abroad as a Marine Biologist and what sustainability or the lack thereof looks like globally. 


2017-2019 Jackson Scholar, Emily Thibeault comments: 

The Ethics Academy is such a great way to get younger generations thinking about leadership and sustainability. Also it gives them a glimpse into the possibilities that universities offer and a chance to meet college students." 

2018-2020 Jackson Scholar, Anaiya Moore comments:

The Ethics Academy was a great expeience where I got a chance to work with extremely bright students. It was a chance to see what our future leaders thought about morality, and what is going on in our world."

2018-2020 Jackson Scholar, Lauren Palazuelos comments:

I am incredibly grateful to have had a chance to participate in the ethics academy. I was blown away by the aspirations of these young children. Their intelligence, thoughtfulness, curiousity and creativity were inspiring. They far exceeded my expectations in all respects, and seeing their excitement as they toured Coastal's campus was by far the best part of the entire program."

For more information about the Ethics Academy, or to get involved, please contact David Holiday, Director of the Jackson Family Center for Ethics and Values, at