Barbara Donnini


Class of 2012
Penn State University Park
Nominated by Sylvia Neely

Barbara received this award for demonstrating a morally literate approach to working for big change.

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Barbara Donnini appreciates the ethical challenges involved in problems that threaten people’s dignity and livelihood. In addressing the effects of climate change and advocating for fair labor practices, she exhibits sensitivity to the various moral dimensions of these issues. Barbara works to increase understanding of the complexities involved and has the imagination to take the interests of all stakeholders into account. Through her morally literate approach to working for change, she demonstrates strong ethical leadership.

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Do you know a Penn State undergraduate student who stands up for a belief, a cause, or an idea?

The Rock Ethics Institute inaugurated the Stand Up Award to honor Penn State undergraduate students who have demonstrated courage, fortitude, and ethical leadership by taking a stand for a person, a cause, or a belief. This award and the individuals it honors should remind the entire Penn State community of how often the extraordinary act is possible in ordinary circumstances.