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MINNEAPOLIS—October 8, 2014—Walden University’s annual Global Days of Service, a worldwide weeklong volunteer celebration, underscores the university’s mission of social change by encouraging all members of its community to get involved and make a difference. The ninth annual volunteer effort will take place Monday, Nov. 3, through Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014, providing multiple days and opportunities for social change agents around the world to identify and participate in projects they are passionate about and that positively impact their communities and the lives of others.
“Our community of students, alumni, faculty and staff is committed to making an impact in their communities all year long. During Walden’s Global Days of Service, we experience firsthand the positive social change we as individuals and collectively as a community can make in just a few short days,” said Dr. Cynthia Baum, president of Walden University. “This annual weeklong event also serves as an important reminder to take time out of our busy schedules to actively give our time and expertise to support others in need.”
In 2013, Walden’s community of students, alumni, faculty and staff, along with their friends, family and colleagues, were among more than 7,100 volunteers from institutions throughout the Laureate International Universities (LIU) network who participated in more than 115 community service projects around the world. In total, the weeklong international event, held from Sept. 30 to Oct. 6, impacted more than 60,000 people.
This year, Walden once again welcomes thousands of volunteers from 25 offices and institutions within the LIU network, which it is part of, to increase the global impact of this important initiative. The public is invited to join Global Days of Service, and volunteers are encouraged to visit the Walden Service Network, an online community launched in 2010 that connects volunteers with service projects. Global Days of Service participants can find local service projects in cities around the world or register for one of many virtual volunteer initiatives, such as sending postcards to soldiers, organizing a school supply drive or creating no-sew fleece blankets to donate to children in hospitals.
This global effort embraces a variety of social change agents and demonstrates the impact each individual can make. Last year, Walden released its 2013 Social Change Impact Report, which identified six distinct types of social change agents. The report outlines many of their key motivations, interests and levels of involvement, ultimately putting a face on social change: Ultracommitted Change-Makers, Faith-Inspired Givers, Socially Conscious Consumers, Purposeful Participants, Casual Contributors and Social Change Spectators. Discover what kind of social change agent you are by taking the quiz at www.WaldenU.edu/impactreport.
Since its founding in 1970, Walden has attracted a community of lifelong learners who share a common desire to make a difference. Walden students, alumni, faculty and staff members bring Walden’s mission to life through research, conferences and service projects focused on effecting positive social change. To learn more about Walden’s ongoing commitment to social change, visit www.WaldenU.edu/socialchange.
About Walden University
For more than 40 years, Walden University has supported working professionals in achieving their academic goals and making a greater impact in their professions and their communities. Today, more than 50,000 students from all 50 states and more than 150 countries are pursuing their bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees online at Walden. The university provides students with an engaging educational experience that connects them with expert faculty and peers around the world. Walden is the flagship online university in the Laureate International Universities network—a global network of more than 75 campus-based and online universities in 29 countries.
Walden offers more than 80 degree programs with more than 370 specializations and concentrations. Areas of study include health sciences, counseling, human services, management, psychology, social work, education, public health, nursing, public administration and information technology. For more information, visit www.WaldenU.edu. Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, www.hlcommission.org.