Call for Submissions: Ethics and Social Justice Essay Prize – Racial Justice: Realities and Possibilities

Fordham University Center for Ethics Education Ethics and Social Justice Essay Prize
2020 Theme: Racial Justice: Realities and Possibilities

The Fordham University Center for Ethics Education Ethics and Social Justice Essay Prize
is an undergraduate essay competition open to college seniors at accredited 4-year colleges and universities in the U.S. The competition is intended to amplify historically underrepresented voices and perspectives on issues of societal import, and to encourage thoughtful reflection and critical thinking about ethical concepts as they are encountered personally and as members of society committed to social justice. 

This competition is organized by Fordham University’s Center for Ethics Education and Master of Arts program in Ethics and Society, and is funded by Fordham’s Office of the Chief Diversity Officer and a generous gift in honor of Helen and Norman Burg.

First Place: $1,000
Second Place: $500
Third Place: $300

Winning essays will be featured on the Center for Ethics Education’s website and the Ethics and Society Blog.

December 1, 2020

Essays should identify and analyze ethical issues or dilemmas related to the annual theme, Racial Justice: Realities and Possibilities. Essays should demonstrate the student’s understanding of, and commitment to, racial justice within a thorough discussion of the central ethical concepts, principles, or values at play, and their relevance to the issue at hand. Students are encouraged to (a) draw on a variety of philosophical, theological, humanistic, and scientific perspectives, and (b) discuss how their analysis is informed by their personal experiences, and the shared experiences of family, friends, and other members of their communities.

For more information on eligibility and submission, or to submit an essay, visit or contact Associate Director for Academic Programs Dr. Steven Swartzer (

Submissions can be uploaded here:

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