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Pandemic ethics

Explore the policy implications and possible solutions to combat inequities with experts from public service, academia and private industry during Ethics Week 2021.

In crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic, the creation and implementation of ethical policy become increasingly urgent and difficult. Over the past year, COVID-19 has both exposed and exacerbated inequalities within our communities from housing affordability, employment opportunities, health care access and beyond.

This month, the Hinckley Institute of Politics invites the community to join the second annual Ethics Week as they explore the policy implications and possible solutions to combat these inequities with experts from public service, academia and private industry.

“While the pandemic has dominated the news, the ethical questions surrounding the pandemic have not been given a thorough examination,” said Molly Wheeler, managing director of community outreach for the Hinckley Institute of Politics. “COVID-19 has had far-reaching and disproportionate impacts on our personal, professional and public lives. In response, our governments, schools, businesses and other organizations were forced to navigate complex policy and ethical challenges. Our hope is that this year’s Ethics Week events can create an opportunity to examine the social structures and policies that created these inequities and put forth solutions moving forward.”

Ethics Week is presented by the Hinckley Institute of Politics, the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute and the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative at the David Eccles School of Business. The three-day event encourages discussion on ethical matters as they relate to the private sector, government and higher education institutions.

Learn more and get calendar invites for each event here.


  • The Ethics of Employment: COVID-19 & Utah’s Workforce
    Monday, March 15
    12-1 p.m.
  • Can You Build a Better Utah? Addressing Utah’s Housing Criss
    Tuesday, March 16
    12-1 p.m.
  • The Moral Imperatives of Health: Creating Equitable Healthcare in Utah
    Wednesday, March 17
    12-1 p.m.