Rady Gives Back Initiative
This week marked a departure from business events at Rady. Students stopped thinking about profits and return on investments, and focused their efforts towards community work. As a business student body, it is important to realize that success is not always measured in dollar and cents, but by contribution towards society as well. This notion is embedded deeply to not just the Rady community, but the San Diego community as well.
San Diego is known for its efforts towards being environmentally conscious and socially responsible. This expands to all the local businesses, citizens, and schools. In fact, just recently, UCSD was voted the best college in America by Washington Monthly Magazine. They defined their grading metric around “contribution to the public good,” which included three categories: social mobility, research, and service in which UCSD ranked at the top of each.
That said, Rady, is no stranger to doing public good and it is often encouraged by the administration, faculty, staff, and the students. This past week, Rady’s Leading With Service club led a “Rady Gives Back Initiative” that centered around two events, a beach clean-up at Tourmaline beach and a trivia fundraiser.
Rady recently adopted Tourmaline beach through the Adopt-A-Beach program. On the morning of Sunday, May 20th, over 30 students gathered to clean up the coast of Tourmaline. It was considered a successful event and one that they will continue to do in the future. Leading with Service President Liz Liner was quoted saying, “San Diego has some of the best beaches in the world and we often take them for granted. For it to continue to stay pristine and clean, it takes a communal effort.” When the morning ended, several local surfers and residents thanked the Rady students for a job well done.
Moving forward to Wednesday, May 23rd, the Leading with Service club hosted a “trivia night,” on campus called “Jeopa-RADY.” It was a fundraiser event for The Nicholas Conor Institute (TNCI), which assists with finding a cure for childhood cancer. TNCI was founded by a Rady Alum, Beth Anne Baber, PhD. Dr. Baber founded TNCI in name of her son, Nicholas Conor, who was diagnosed with high-risk
neuroblastoma at 15 months year old. Dr. Baber was a cancer researcher for over 20 years with experience in molecular biology, neurobiology, cell biology, developmental biology, cancer biology, and signal transduction. While at Rady, she paired up with Lab-to-Market Professor Delbert Foit, to create the business plan for TNCI and in just a few years it has become a leader in research towards finding a cure in childhood cancer. Prior to start of trivia night, Dr. Baber delivered a very heart-warming and honest speech about TNCI and her time at Rady. It was a truly inspiring and motivational speech that illustrated what one can do with passion, determination, and focus towards a goal. People at the event were quoted in saying Dr. Baber’s speech was “truly uplifting” and “perhaps the best part of the night.” Regarding Jeopa-RADY, the event assisted with raising funds to help support TNCI. Over 50 Students, faculty, and staff participated and helped raise over $900 for TNCI. LWS President Liz Liner stated, “We’re so glad that the Rady community rallied behind TNCI. Not only does it help with a great cause, but it’s also a fun night for all of us. We’re hoping that this becomes a yearly event for the Leading with Service Club.”
This will not be the end of Rady’s social responsibility efforts. Rady, along with the Leading with Service club, plans to host more activities and events in the future. As Liz remarks, “Giving back and helping the community should be inherent in all of us. As business students, we’re in such a powerful position to effect change and we should be constantly thinking of ways to do so.”