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About: Social Change at the Writing Center

Introduction

We often hear from students that Walden’s mission of social change is one of the reasons they attend Walden. As a team of writing professionals, we are always excited to hear that because writing can be a central tool for exploring, envisioning, expressing, and enacting social change. In addition, many of us volunteer in our local communities, conduct our own research around social change, and engage in meaningful dialogue around social issues.

Take a look below at our various resources and discussions of social change here at the Writing Center, and check back often for updates, new resources, and new initiatives!

Writing for Social Change Webinar: Exploring Perspectives

Join us for a discussion of perspectives: In the first half of this webinar, students will participate in developing definitions of social change, encompassing diverse perspectives of how we can envision social change. In the second half of this webinar, we will discuss how writing connects to social change and how to take a social change perspective in your writing.

Students will leave this webinar with a better sense of their own definition of social change, as well as how writing can help them achieve that social change. 

Writing for Social Change Webinar: Blogging

This webinar is the second in the Writing Center's Writing for Social Change series.

We give students a brief overview of the blog medium and show how Walden students can use blogging as an opportunity for writing outside of academia. This will include tips for exploring new ideas, developing existing ideas, and extending ideas beyond course assignments. Students will learn from different kinds of blogs, leaving this webinar with an understanding of how blogging differs from academic writing, as well as how they can make the most of this medium.

Writing for Social Change Webinar: Grant Proposals

This webinar is the third in the Writing Center's Writing for Social Change series.

Sometimes achieving social change requires support from others. This webinar will give you tips for communicating your goals for social change through grant proposals, introducing you to this genre of writing. While we will not provide tips for finding grants, you will be able to use this webinar to help you communicate your social change vision to others in the grant format.

WriteCast Episodes

Our WriteCast podcast series has featured social change episodes. Visit the podcast player and select the following episodes to hear the conversation!

  • Social Change and Difficult Conversations (Episode 36)
  • Taking Your Academic Writing Outside of the Classroom (Episode 31)
  • How Academic Writing Helps You Beyond Academia (Episode 23)
  • Social Change and Scholarly Writing: Balancing Passion and Objectivity (Episode 4)

Social Change Blog Posts

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Browse more social change blog posts using the Social Change label on the Writing Center's blog.

Writing Center Social Change Working Group

The Writing Center’s Social Change Working Group’s mission is to engage with Walden students and staff, as well as the rest of the Walden community, around social change. The working group’s purpose is to identify, prioritize, and coordinate Writing Center social change initiatives.

If you’d like to contact the working group, you’re welcome to e-mail us at writingsupport@waldenu.edu. We also encourage professionals from other writing centers or universities to contact us if you’d like to discuss your own engagement with your university’s mission and social change.