"My advice to Walden students is to keep a gratitude journal by writing a few phrases describing what you were grateful for that day. You’ll become more observant of everyday kindnesses and how you give and get them every day. Your positive attitude of gratitude will help you overcome challenges at school, at work, and in your communities."
Research interests: Learning assistance; workplace communication & culture
Social change interests: Mental health advocacy; elder care; ending homelessness; nature conservation
Joined Walden: 2001
About Melanie: I keep a gratitude journal and enjoy bird watching. Both hobbies sharpen my observation skills, which I apply in my Walden work as well. By listening to and talking with students and faculty, I can help our Academic Skills Center staff provide individualized instruction in skills essential for success. My goal is for everyone who interacts with our center to feel the personalized attention of being seen, heard, and helped.
What I do in my role as Director
As director, I talk with students, faculty, and staff to connect them with the skills support they need. I also build and guide our team of expert, compassionate peer tutors, peer mentors, and instructional staff. My goal is to ensure we help Walden students achieve their goals.
My favorite project
I enjoyed being part of Walden’s Positive Leadership initiative. With teams across the university, we explored the benefits of positive climate, communication, relationships, and purpose. Positivity has such a great influence on students and faculty in and beyond the classroom. I recommend it for all of us!
All the Skills You Need to Succeed.