October 2, 2008
2 to 4 p.m. Eastern time

Walden University hosted its fourth annual Social Change Conference on Oct. 2, 2008. The focus of the online conference was on improving communities, and Walden emphasized its commitment to service.

The Social Change Conference showcased how the Walden community is advancing the university’s mission and vision of effecting positive social change. Alumni, students, and faculty shared ways they are working to improve their communities and the results of their work in local, national, and international service.

The keynote speaker was Kelly Hodge-Williams, the executive director of Business Volunteers Unlimited Maryland, an organization that facilitates partnerships between businesses and nonprofit organizations.

In addition to hosting the conference, Walden also held its third annual National Day of Service on Saturday, Oct. 4. Continuing with the conference theme of “Serving Our Communities,” Walden students, faculty, alumni, administration, and staff donated their time to lead community service projects in 17 cities across the country.

Projects included:

  • Working in schools in Atlanta, Baltimore, and Jacksonville
  • Helping rebuilding efforts in New Orleans
  • Working in food banks and soup kitchens in Denver, Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C.
  • Cleaning up parks in Minneapolis
  • Participating in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Houston
  • Gardening and landscaping in Minneapolis and San Francisco

A new resource announced at the Social Change Conference, the Walden Service Network, will be a place to go to connect online with the service projects of Walden students, alumni, faculty, and staff. As with all successful networks, we hope this community will grow and prosper so that the work each of you does now will have greater reach and impact beyond your community and even beyond Walden. We also hope to extend the reach and impact of events like the Social Change Conference and our National Day of Service. When individual efforts are combined with others, the multiplying effect has far-reaching possibilities.