Graduate students in the Organizational Leadership program at the Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP) have the unique opportunity to cultivate global perspectives and gain invaluable experience, through work-study visits to China, India, and various Central American countries.
Students choose an organization to study during their visit, and arrange to spend time with an employee there, getting to know the company as well as the local culture. The experience results in a rich, hands-on experience that provides new insights and perspectives, all of which is crucial for global success.
“We are in a new age,” says Dr. June Schmieder-Ramirez, Academic Chair of the Organizational Leadership Doctoral Program and Professor. “Being a leader has always required conceptual, technical, and interpersonal skills. Today, a crucial component of those interpersonal skills is global fluency, for which the Organizational Leadership Doctoral Program provides an excellent foundation.”
The programs emphasize analysis, global fluency, and entrepreneurship. Schmieder-Ramirez refers to the themes collectively as “AGE,” given the societal and technological developments that make these themes so necessary. Students take a benchmarking exam, the Interculturual Development Inventory (IDI), during their orientation to the program, and then again after the two-year course is complete. The IDI consists of a 50-item questionnaire, the results of which are analzyed to identify respondents’ overall position on the intercultural development continuum. It is used globally in academia, business, and government.
At GSEP, students receive a copy of their individual assessment results as they enter the Organizational Leadership doctoral program. They also receive their cohort’s group assessment, along with relevant group coaching. This initial information provides a marker from which to work in further developing their cultural competence, according to Schmieder-Ramirez.
Highlights of recent trips include student volunteer work that has benefitted children in Belize; and in a joint effort with the ecotourism industry, students have helped protect the kinkajou, a rainforest mammal commonly hunted for the pet trade, for their fur, and for their meat.
For more information about the Organizational Leadership program at GSEP, contact Tammy Hong, Manager of Outreach and Recruitment:
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