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ASC About Us: Academic Skills & Social Change


Faculty and staff in the Academic Skills Center support Walden University’s mission of social change. Throughout the United States and across the world, our team volunteers to help make a difference in our local communities. Read on to learn more about ways we contribute to the greater good.

ASC & Walden’s Global Days of Service

Each year Walden designates one week for our Global Days of Service event. During this week, the entire Walden community celebrates our social change mission by encouraging all students, staff, and faculty to volunteer in their local communities. In 2016, Global Days of Service took place from October 17-23. Here are some ways the ASC faculty and staff participatied in Global Days of Service 2016: 

  • Taught spinning classes and donating all proceeds to breast cancer research. To encourage participants in her classes, she is providing pink tutus for all riders!
    • Sarah Inkpen, Instructional Specialist, Qatar
  • Picked sweet potatoes for elderly residents in a program at the community college where he teaches.
    • William Clements, Graduate Assistant Doctoral Peer Mentor, North Carolina
  • Led an outreach event for the Alzheimer’s Association Minnesota-North Dakota Chapter in conjunction with the 2016 Twin Cities Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
    • Dena Easton, Coordinator of Doctoral Writing Assessment, Minnesota
  • Drove seniors to healthcare appointments, grocery stores, and errands.
    • Melanie Brown, Director, Minnesota

ASC Volunteers All Year

Beyond Global Days of Service, our staff and faculty support organizations and causes important to our communities year-round. Our social change areas of interest include reading literacy, indigenous rights, women’s advocacy, refugee resettlement , race and gender equity, voter registration and participation , education, arts and writing, environment, and historic preservation. Here are some ways the ASC faculty and staff support Walden’s mission of social change year-round:

  • Cooking meals at  a shelter and walking dogs at the local community animal rescue
    • Nancy Brown, Graduate Assistant Senior Tutor, Maryland
  • Teaching  a monthly gardening class to students in 4th and 5th grades, working as a traffic guard three times a week at a Montessori school, and distributing Get Out the Vote literature during national and local elections
    • Janine Allwright, Graduate Assistant Tutor in Statistics, California
  • Mentoring and tutoring Latino youth in college preparation
    • Terren Rye, Associate Director of Tutoring Services, Minnesota
  • Serving as a docent for the Los Angeles Conservancy
    • Greg Sayler, WCSS Contributing Faculty, California
  • Contributing to Distributed Proofreaders by proofreading scans for Project Gutenberg
    • Beth Nastachowski, WCSS Contributing Faculty, Minnesota
  • Volunteering in support of 4-H alumni
    • Emily Dahlen, Associate Director and WCSS Program Director, Minnesota
  • Serving in a local high school's Center for Advanced Studies & Research as a professional mentor and as a lead member of the STEM Institutional Review Board
    • Zin Htway, Instructional Specialist, California
  • Volunteering for Feed My Starving Children
    • Shawn Picht, Manager of Faculty Outreach and Student Communication
  • Staffing and cleaning homeless shelters and volunteering at schools and community centers
    • Other ASC staff and faculty