Ethics and Servant Leadership (EASL)

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Develop the Power to Serve and Lead for the Common Good.

The D. Abbott Turner Program in Ethics and Servant Leadership (EASL) promotes servant leadership and ethically engaged practice throughout Emory University. Under Edward Queen, Director, and Carlton Mackey, Associate Director, the EASL program works to aid, inspire, and support all members of the Emory community in developing the commitment, courage, and skills to serve and lead for the common good.

Watch the video below to learn more information about program opportunities, and how it continues to impact the lives of our Emory students.


EASL Programs include:

The Forum

Program Information

The EASL Forum is a weekly academic-year program focused on service, community building, and leadership development. The Forum consists of 15 students who learn and serve together over the course of 22 weeks from September to April. The shared journey focuses on four areas: integrity, growth, intercultural responsiveness, and engagement. The Forum meets weekly for two-hour meetings, in collaborative sessions that address pressing social issues.                                                                                                                                                                 

Servant Leader Summer Internship

Program Information

The Servant Leader Summer Internship program provides students with an intensive and structured internship/service learning program unavailable in the classroom. The summer internship begins in May and continues through July. It requires a minimum 270 hours of service and includes classroom instruction that provides the students with basic leadership and ethical skills and gives them an opportunity to process their experiences. Students will learn about different approaches to business and decision - making processes that shape nonprofit organizations.

EASL Program Mission and Vision

Amidst declining civic involvement and growing cynicism toward public institutions, universities must take seriously their role in cultivating and forming tomorrow's leaders. Inherent in this work is the need to develop intellectual rigor, ethical awareness, and a concern for the common good in those leaders.

University students, with their intense but often inchoate passion for service and the advancement of humane values, have the potential to develop the ethical leadership required to address the pressing moral, social, political, and economic challenges faced by the United States and the world. The D. Abbott Turner Program in Ethics and Servant Leadership helps today's Emory University students become tomorrow's ethical leaders by building strong connections between teaching, research, and service.

The program uses the model of servant leadership. Servant leadership rejects a view of leadership that is about the self-aggrandizement of the individual with positional authority. It maintains that true leaders are those attuned to working in partnership with individuals and the communities in which they live in order to improve human flourishing. To advance its mission, the EASL program advocates increased attention, throughout Emory University, to ethics and leadership studies, theory-practice learning, community-based research, and volunteerism.

Whether in non-profits, businesses, politics, religion, law or medicine, EASL strives to animate, encourage, advance, and support Emory's citizen-scholars as they develop the power to serve and lead for the common good.

For more information on the Ethics and Servant Leadership Program at Emory University, contact Edward Queen or Carlton MackeyThe EASL Program is generously funded by an endowment from Mr. William B. Turner in memory of his father, D. Abbott Turner.

For more information about Ethics and Servant Leadership events, visit our Events Page.