This Spring, HRD student Becky Bakkers helped engineer an odyssey to four companies in Tokyo. Using some contacts through her dual degree program with the Drucker School of Business, Becky joined fellow dual degree student Caroline Hood (MBA/MA in Psychology) and MBA students Junko Suzuki and Andrew Chen in organizing, budgeting, and executing a study tour to learn about Corporate Social Responsability (CSR) first-hand. “The original purpose of our trip was to present our CSR findings to the Hitostubashi University students in Tokyo,” said Becky, “but it turned into so much more. We learned about CSR on a global perspective through discussions, interviews and research and further gained new insight for practicing more responsible corporate citizenship.” After visiting four groups around Tokyo (and a fun sidetrip to see Junko Suzuki’s hometown), the group returned to Claremont and presented to an enthusiastic crowd, full of supportive classmates from both the School of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences and the Drucker School of Management.
The event was a great showcase for Claremont’s hallmark of transdisciplinary work. Not just an academic experience, the trip also served as a professional training ground. “As a Human Resources Design student,” said Becky, “my interest is in recruitment and talent management. This opportunity was one of a kind.” Even more impressive was the fact that the entire trip was planned and executed by the students themselves, who applied (successfully) to the university for funding. With such initiative and forward thinking, CGU has no doubts that these students will be leaders in CSR - or any other area they put their minds to.