CHANGE Student Organization

The Rutland Institute for Ethics’ student ethics committee, Creating Habits and Norms Guiding Ethical Decisions (CHANGE), was established at Clemson University during the Spring 2019 semester. CHANGE serves to create ethical programming at both the university-wide and college-specific levels through bringing in speakers and hosting activities that focus on exposing students to real-life applications of ethical decision-making and ethical leadership. In addition to programming initiatives, CHANGE assists in hosting Clemson University’s Annual High School Ethics Case Competition in the spring; publishes the Ethics Editorial newsletter that highlights various aspects of the Rutland Institute for Ethics; serves as the student voice of the institute, advisory board and faculty; and assists in promoting Annual Ethics Day. It is CHANGE’s goal to consist of two undergraduate representatives and one graduate representative from each of the seven colleges at Clemson University. Applications for new members are currently being accepted, and you can apply here.

Please reach out to the Graduate Advisor of CHANGE, Lane Mayfield (, if you would like more information or have any questions.

CHANGE Members

Kayla Anfinson
Chief Administrative Officer
College of Science
Ben Clark
College of Science
Eric Coleman
College of Education

Ansley Cordero
College of Business

Lindsay Einbinder
Chief Financial Officer
College of Business
Jason Frady
College of Architecture, Arts & Humanities
Louise Franke
College of Science
Sergio Gonzalez Varela
Vice President
College of Behavioral, Social & Health Sciences
Zion Kaauwai
College of Engineering
Lindsey LeSchack
College of Arts, Architecture & Humanities
Margaret Panor
College of Architecture, Arts & Humanities
Fallon Scates
College of Business
Hellen Schmidt
College of Behavioral, Social & Health Sciences

Tomiko Smalls
College of Education

Erica Wearing
College of Agriculture, Forestry & Life Sciences
Lane Mayfield
Graduate Advisor


Annual High School Ethics Case Competition

This is an opportunity for high school students, in teams of two, to propose a solution to an ethical dilemma in front of a panel of judges.

Reasons to Participate:

  • Obtain exposure to ethical dilemmas in life
  • Understand that dilemmas occur everywhere and every day to everyone who makes choices
  • Learn about dilemmas that do not have clear cut answers
  • Obtain and improve decision-making skills in pressured and hurried situations at a leadership level
  • Get a jump start on resume building
  • Network with other high school students, Clemson University students, staff and faculty
  • Feel pride in participating in a rare and productive event

Photos from the 2020 High School Ethics Case Competition can be found here.

Specific questions regarding the High School Ethics Case Competition can be directed to Lane Mayfield at or by calling (864) 656-5379.


Ethical Elections & Officer Transitions presentation recorded for Clemson's Leader 2 Leader program


2021-2022 Campus Events

"The Temple Grandin" Movie Night & Discussion
November 9, 2021- 5:30-9:00 pm

When You Think of Ethics...Bouncy House
November 10, 2021- 12:30-2:30 pm

Critical Race Theory Discussion
Spring 2022

Speaker: Joan Dubinsky, former Chief Ethicists, United Nations 
Spring 2022