As Walden University celebrates its 45th anniversary of preparing scholar-practitioners to use their skills and knowledge to effect positive social change, this year also marks its 10th annual Global Days of Service, a weeklong volunteer effort during which all members of its community are encouraged to get involved and make a difference. The 2015 event was held Oct. 12−18, 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.
Walden’s community of students, alumni, faculty and staff, along with their friends, family and colleagues, were among more than 20,500 students, faculty and staff from 33 Laureate International Universities network institutions in 15 countries participating in this year’s Global Days of Service. Together, they contributed more than 125,000 volunteer hours to help the less fortunate in their areas, build new partnerships and celebrate the role of their institutions in positively impacting their communities.
Some Walden volunteer projects included cleaning and organizing the Minneapolis American Indian Center; beautifying Baltimore’s Booker T. Washington Middle School for the Arts as well as the Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center in Columbia, Maryland; organizing and distributing clothing to refugees in Amsterdam, the Netherlands; and maintenance at nature reserve in Gdansk, Poland.
Since its founding in 1970, Walden has attracted a community of lifelong learners who share a common desire to make a difference. To learn more about Walden’s ongoing commitment to social change, visit www.WaldenU.edu/socialchange.
Walden President Jonathan Kaplan shares his thoughts about this year’s Global Days of Service in “Doing Our Part”, a post on his President’s Perspective blog.