The Rock Ethics Institute

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2012 Award Recipients

Joshua Brady Branch

Joshua Brady Branch Stand Up Poster

Class of 2013
Political Science
Schreyer Honors Scholar
Paterno Liberal Arts Undergraduate Fellow
Penn State University Park
Nominated by Kaley Blatt

For demonstrating ethical leadership through everyday encounters.

Video: Michael Podolski, Blackbird Media Group, Inc.

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Joshua Brady Branch was not your typical high school athlete and Eagle Scout. The bullying he dealt with growing up led Josh to identify with members of other marginalized groups and become a vocal supporter of his high school’s Gay–Straight Alliance. His advocacy for the LGBTQ community has continued at Penn State, where he has been a persistent and courageous voice against discrimination. As a participant in dialogues across the community, Joshua reminds us that ethical leadership can occur through seemingly small, everyday encounters.


Barbara Donnini

Stand Up Poster 2012 - Barbara DonniniClass of 2012
Economics
Penn State University Park
Nominated by Sylvia Neely

For demonstrating a morally literate approach to working for big change.

Video: Michael Podolski, Blackbird Media Group, Inc.

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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.


Julian Haas

Julian Haas 2012 Stand Up Poster

Class of 2012
Sociology
Penn State University Park
Nominated by Brian Patchcoski

For working to address the intersectional nature of systematic forms of oppression.

Video: Michael Podolski, Blackbird Media Group, Inc.

Read More About Julian

Julian Haas is tireless in his pursuit of social justice as an advocate, activist, ally, and educator. In addition to founding Penn State’s first fraternity for gay, bisexual, and progressive men, he helped plan our first LGBTQA-focused on-campus living community. Julian is equally aware of the oppression he faces as a gay man and of the oppression he does not face as a white man. In helping others understand and respond to intersecting forms of oppression, Julian embodies the principles of ethical leadership.


Staci Neal

Staci Neal 2012 Stand Up Poster

Class of 2012
Letters, Arts, and Sciences
Penn State DuBois
Nominated by Jackie Atkins

For insisting on the equal rights of all members of the community.

Video: Michael Podolski, Blackbird Media Group, Inc.

Read More About Staci

Staci Neal deserves our recognition and respect. She enrolled at Penn State DuBois as a mother of three who had already navigated through several of life’s storms. Falling in love with a woman led Staci to understand herself in unfamiliar ways and to resent the social norms that encourage people to hide and tacitly accept that they are denied equal rights. In standing up for herself, and helping others imagine the future towards which she is working, Staci provides an inspiring example of ethical leadership.

Poster Photography: ©michael black | BLACK SUN®
Poster Design: Jason Oakman