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Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility

Community Programs

The Maguire Ethics Center is committed to both the development of a total "ethics culture" at SMU and to working with partners throughout the Metroplex, bringing the excitement and expertise from the hilltop to the community and vice versa. To that end, we have established ongoing relationships with the organizations listed below and ad hoc partnerships with many other groups over the years. We welcome your suggestions for partnerships that would be mutually beneficial.

The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center is one of the premier medical schools in the United States, located just 20 minutes from the SMU campus.  With state of the art programs in medical research and patient care, UT Southwestern is deeply involved in bioethics and medical ethics issues, offering many opportunities for fruitful collaboration with the ethics center.

UT Southwestern Medical Center

Working Together For All Of DallasUT Southwestern

Over the years, we have co-sponsored a creative writing competition for medical students, participated in numerous conferences and departmental grand rounds, collaborated in the UT Southwestern Program in Ethics in Science & Medicine, contributed to the planning of Ethics Grand Rounds, and collaborated with the institutional ethics committees for Parkland Memorial Hospital, Children's Medical Center, and Zale-Lipshy Hospital.  The ethics center is also pleased to have faculty representatives from UT Southwestern on our Faculty Advisory Committee.

Conference Of The Professions

In addition, the Maguire Ethics Center and UT Southwestern have been two of the five permanent co-sponsors of the annual Conference of the Professions, a unique ethics-centered program for physicians, clergy, and lawyers. Click here for more details about the series, which is now in its third decade of bringing career-enhancing, challenging programs to Dallas professionals.

North Texas Bioethics Network

North Texas Bioethics Network

The North Texas Bioethics Network brings together a diverse collection of bioethics scholars from institutions all across North Texas, including SMU, UT Southwestern Medical Center (UTSW), University of Dallas, UT School of Public Health, UT Dallas, UT Arlington, Texas Wesleyan University, Austin College, Medical City Dallas, Baylor Health Care System, and others. 

Organized under the leadership of Professor Fred Grinnell at UTSW,  the network meets twice a year for an ethics presentation by a member or guest.  An email-based exchange facilitates communications, consultations, and cooperation among scholars who share research, writing, and teaching interests in the field of bioethics.

How to Join the Network

Anyone who would like to participate in the North Texas Bioethics Network should contact Professor Fred Grinnell (

Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture

The Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility is delighted to work with the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, one of the city's leading cultural and educational institutions. 

Dallas Institute

In recent years we have collaborated on The City of Imagination lecture series, including:

  • "What Is a Virtuous _______?" (2010-11)
  • "Healing Fictions" (2007-2008)
  • "Youth and Age: Sources of Wisdom"(2006-2007)
  •  "The Meaning and Value of Life: Evolutionary Biology and Intelligent Design" (2005-2006)

Greater Dallas Business Ethics Award

The MaguirGreater Dallas Business Ethicse Center proudly co-sponsors the Greater Dallas Business Ethics Award, a project of the Dallas Chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals (SFSP).  Modeled on the SFSP's American Business Ethics Award, the Greater Dallas Business Ethics Award honors companies in the Greater Dallas area that demonstrate a firm commitment to ethical business practices in everyday operations, management philosophies, and responses to crises or challenges.

Information about nominations for the award can be found by clicking here.

EAGLE Scholars

The Maguire Ethics Center is proud to have sponsored two outstanding Dallas high school students to attend the Kiwanis Key Leadership Conference at SMU.  Cristal Rodriguez and DeQuaylin Irving, are rising seniors at Conrad High School and have the distinction of being EAGLE Scholars.  EAGLE Scholars is a collaborative college-readiness program coordinated by SMU's Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development in partnership with the Vickery Meadow Youth Development Foundation.  The tuition-free program is designed to encourage, support, and realize the potential of first-generation college students.

Rodriguez’s and Irving’s are a part of the first graduating class of EAGLE Scholars who have been in the program since 6th grade. As they prepare for college, they were excited to take part in this experiential weekend conference where they strengthened their leadership skills and learned more about meaningful servant leaders.

For a full list of our community partners click here