The Graduate Review
Here at SJU, our graduate students have a variety of backgrounds and experiences. Some are already established in their careers, looking to educate themselves further in their respective fields. Others have recently finished their undergraduate degrees, and are yet to enter the workforce. However, no matter where you are in your career path, the Career Development Center (CDC) at SJU is there to offer support with a variety of services.Read More
With the end of the semester rapidly approaching and “Finals” looming, we’ve decided to scope out some of the best places on campus to study.
What was your Passion Project and why did you and your team choose it?
"Hawks To Be” passion project is to promote the health and wellness of expecting mothers who are graduate students or faculty at St. Joseph’s University. The project founders (William Cooper, Alina Castro, Vanessa Da Silva, and Nyjah Johnson) are all currently studying in the Masters of Science (MODL) in Organizational Development and Leadership program. The project is designed to aid expectant mothers in accessing campus parking. The project will assist pregnant women who are students in remaining active participants in the University as their pregnancy reaches full term. Our hope is to ensure that expectant moms have easy access to the facilities on campus as well as their vehicle.
For the past year, I have served on the board of a clinic in a neighborhood in Philadelphia that serves the working poor. The people in Germantown have seen improvements in infrastructure, crime control and commerce to come to other areas of the city, but not to their neighborhood. Public education has been underfunded and in crisis for decades, limiting the opportunities of the young to go on to college, to obtain a well-paying job and to be provided health insurance as part of an employment package. The dismal state of public education, however, continues to limit prospects for housing, food, and healthcare.
The patients served by the clinic almost universally have the triad of hypertension, hyperlipidemia and diabetes. They tend to be overweight or obese as a consequence of having little access to supermarkets offering fresh fruits and vegetables rather than the fare sold at corner bodegas.
Leadership is an important aspect in all organizational settings. In the business world, a leader often has the duty to organize the human labor in an effort to attaining the goals of a firm. He/She leads the team through guiding and promoting teamwork towards a common vision. People have believed over the years that leadership skills are inborn. Yet, with time people have come to realize that organizational leadership skills can be taught. More importantly, one can improve their organizational management skills.
As a discipline invested in by all areas of commerce, from corporate research and development to public service, organizational leadership combines diverse and multidisciplinary knowledge to create strategies valued by any industry; organizational development careers will put you at the forefront of innovation and development in many exciting fields.
Leadership is changing. Over the last 100 years, advances in social science and management practice have shifted the focus from individuals at the top of the chain of command to a self-reflexive organizational structure that requires leaders who are able to inspire, innovate, set objectives and provide operational insight in harmony with an organization's dynamics and essential character. Having responsibility for motivating and moderating organizational behavior, organizational development careers demand ambassadors of business excellence who facilitate positive change. The rewards are great, with a few years of experience and a Masters degree opening up a wealth of jobs.
The SJU Graduate Studies team would like to announce the upcoming launch of our blog "The Graduate Review". The blog will cover topics such as career development, leadership, education, healthcare, technology, criminal justice, and many more.
Topics: SJU Graduate Studies