Grant Hobbs

MPA, 2020

HR Assistant, Randstad Sourceright

Grant earned his BA in Urban and Community Studies in 2019 and his Master of Public Administration Degree in 2020 from the University of Connecticut. As an undergraduate, he researched how cities address urban issues pertaining to gentrification and displacement, revitalization of neighborhoods, and sustainability through historical analysis of policy and urban design. Grant interned with the iQuilt Innovation Center, an urban design firm for Hartford. He assisted in the tracking of economic development activity in the metro-Hartford area and assisted with the coordination of an event calendar and identification of urban walks for Hartford’s
Walktober event.

In his senior year of undergraduate studies, Grant enrolled in the MPA Fast-Track program where he concurrently began his MPA degree while completing his Bachelor’s. As a result, he was able to complete his MPA in one year versus two after graduation. He decided to pursue his MPA degree due to an increased interest in the human resources field and how HR operations can differ between sectors. In his studies, Grant analyzed and researched how operational policy and management theory affects HR and employee relations within public organizations. Specifically, how new public management theory contributes to HR reform efforts. As part of the MPA curriculum, Grant took a human resource management course with Professor Deneen Hatmaker, where he discovered a keen interest in gender and inclusion in the workplace. To
further his knowledge, he enrolled in an independent readings course with Professor Hatmaker, where he researched how employees of different genders and identities, particularly women and minorities, interact with others in the workplace and how such interactions influence employee behavior and organizational climate.

Grant also interned with the Department of Human Resources at UConn for his Internship and Professional Practice (IPP) where he was tasked with researching and drafting a Return to Work Program and policy for University and UConn Health employees returning from workers’ compensation and medical leaves. Grant gained a vast wealth of knowledge pertaining to leave management and workers’ compensation within the HR field and has since accepted an HR Assistant position with Randstad Sourceright as a contractor for Eversource Energy, where he will be assisting the leave team. Grant holds both his PHR and SHRM certifications and is excited about further developing his career as an HR professional.

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