A New Emphasis on Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity

President Ward Ulmer welcomes a fellow alum back to Walden


Dr. Ward Ulmer, Interim President.
Dr. Ward Ulmer

Dear Walden Community,

It is an honor to greet you in this issue of Walden magazine as the 10th president of this great institution. I am humbled to be able to serve my alma mater. Our continuing success depends on many things, but one that is foundational is ensuring we have an equitable, diverse, and inclusive culture.

That’s why I’m so pleased we are welcoming our first vice president of diversity, inclusion, and equity to the university community. Actually, we are welcoming her back because she is a Walden graduate.

Dr. Denise Boston earned her PhD in Psychology here in 2000. She was attracted by our mission of effecting positive social change, and she’s been paying that mission forward since. Most recently, she was dean of diversity and inclusion at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Before that, she held academic and student services leadership roles for the District of Columbia College Access Program and Sojourner-Douglass College.

“I am thrilled to be coming home to my alma mater and a community committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion. I believe they are currencies for trust, and they allow all voices to be heard and respected.”
— Dr. Denise Boston

This issue contains several stories of doctoral success. You’ll read about the consulting capstone option for several of our professional doctorates. It’s a win-win opportunity you’ll want to be a part of. You’ll also meet three Doctor of Education graduates from the Mariana Islands who are leaders in their school district and in typhoon recovery efforts. And read Dr. Dahlia Connors’ inspiring story of how lung cancer couldn’t stop her from earning a PhD or celebrating at commencement.

All of them, and you, make me proud to call Walden “my university.”

Sincerely,

Dr. Ward Ulmer ’04
President
PhD in Applied Management and Decision Sciences

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