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 President of CHANGE, Landan Hydrick (, if you would like more information or have any questions.

CHANGE Executive Board

  • Landan Hydrick

    Landan Hydrick

    College of Education
    Clinical Mental Health Counseling

  • Kendra Gordillo

    Kendra Gordillo

    Vice President
    College of Science/Honors College
    Genetics Major

  • Ansley Cordero

    Ansley Cordero

    Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
    College of Business
    Supply Chain Management


Ben Clark
College of Science
Lindsay Einbinder
College of Business
Louise Franke
College of Science
Sergio Gonzalez Varela
College of Behavioral, Social & Health Sciences
Wesley Grant
College of Engineering
Zion Kaauwai
College of Engineering
Paige Kimble
College of Engineering
Margaret Panor
College of Arts, Architecture & 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


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 Landan Hydrick at or by calling (864) 656-5379.


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


2020-2021 Campus Events

Ethics of Introducing Hemp Plants in South Carolina
September 29, 2020
Partnership with Clemson Collegiate Farm Bureau

STAR Decision-Making Model Workshops
November 10th, 11th, and 13th- 3:30-4:30 pm
Workshops will be held virtually on Zoom

Ethical Foundations for Entrance into the Business World Featuring Catherine Cantey
November 19, 2020- 6:30pm
To be held via Zoom

Environmental Market Failures & Their Possible Solutions Panel Discussion
November 12, 2020- 6:30-7:30 pm
Zoom link: 
Partnership with Biosystems Engineering Club

Medical Policy Making in the Age of Corona Virus Panel Discussion
Date TBD

Debating South Carolina's Moral Code of Ethics for Teacher Prep Programs
Date TBD

Human Nature Documentary Film Screening
Date TBD