Four students honored for ethical leadership

Penn State's Rock Ethics Institute has named the 2012 Stand Up Awardees: Joshua Brady Branch, Barbara Donnini, Julian Haas and Staci Neal. The students were honored at a recent ceremony and reception with each receiving a $1,000 award. The Stand Up Award honors Penn State undergraduate students who have the courage and fortitude to take an ethical stand for a person, cause or belief, and thereby demonstrate ethical leadership concerning their chosen issue. This award, through the individuals and stories it honors, is designed to remind the entire Penn State community of how often the extraordinary act is possible in ordinary circumstances.

This year's honorees are:

-- Joshua Brady Branch, class of 2013, political science, University Park campus, for his advocacy for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning community and his leadership through everyday encounters. He is a Paterno Liberal Arts Undergraduate Fellow and Schreyer Honors Scholar.

-- Barbara Donnini, class of 2012, economics, University Park campus, for demonstrating a morally literate approach to working for big change on issues such as the ethical dimensions of climate change and fair labor practices.

-- Julian Haas, class of 2012, sociology, University Park campus, for working to address the intersectional nature of systemic forms of oppression. He worked to found Penn State’s first fraternity for gay, bisexual, and progressive men, and helped plan the first LGBTQA-focused on-campus living community.

--Staci Neal, class of 2012, letters, arts, and sciences, DuBois Campus, for insisting on equal rights for all members of the community. Staci worked to found SAFE, which is the first LGBTQA organization at Penn State DuBois.

Full stories and student video interviews can be found at http://rockethics.psu.edu/leadership/standup/2012/recipients.shtml. The Rock Ethics Institute promotes ethics across the University through education, research and outreach and is a national leader in analytical and policy discussions about biomedical ethics and climate change and fostering undergraduate student leadership on ethical issues.

Last Updated May 21, 2012