Arsht Special Projects

As part of the Arsht Ethics Initiatives, the University of Miami Ethics Programs have set aside a limited amount of funds to support small, special projects or opportunities that have a high probability of leading to concrete and high-visibility deliverables. These might include

•      Ethics publications, films, etc.
•      Presentations on ethics at important national or international conferences
•      Ethics curricula or syllabi

Awards may be applied to travel expenses, publication costs, conference registration fees, software and other expenses if, in the view of an Ethics Programs review committee, the project is overwhelmingly likely to produce a product of the sorts itemized above. Awards will be listed on this page. Acceptance of an award constitutes a commitment to acknowledge the Arsht Ethics Initiatives and the University of Miami Ethics Programs in any publication.

Prospective applicants should describe their project briefly in an email to, after which they will be contacted by Ethics Programs leadership. Applicants will be asked to submit a proposal, detailed budget and CV.

Note that while many projects are worthy, virtuous and/or involve good deeds, the goal of the Arsht Ethics Initiatives is not to serve as a source of social service project support but, rather, to foster research and education related to ethics itself.

  • 2023
    The Association for Practical & Professional Ethics (APPE) hosted a special National Dialogue on the State of Research Integrity Training Nov. 8-9, 2023, at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. The event received subvention support from the Arsht Ethics Initiatives. Two UM graduate students served as rapporteurs. Learn more.
  • 2019-2020 
    Richard Y. Chappell, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, led a project called the "Giving Game," a pedagogical exercise to allow students to put into practice what they've learned about cause prioritization and the ethics of philanthropy.
  • 2014-2015 
    Thomas A. Goodmann, Associate Professor of English, is working on “Deliberate Lives: Agrarian and Wilderness Writing from Depression to Recession” is a study of implicit and explicit critiques of the “Good Life” in the U.S. as it is formulated in pre- and post-WW II culture, economy, and agronomy.
  • Ethics in Education: A to Z, May 1-2, 2015 
    A two-day conference for teachers, students, parents, educational administrators and concerned citizens covering major ethical issues at all levels of American education, presented jointly by the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust, The Arsht Ethics Initiatives of The University of Miami Ethics Programs and Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Conference Program