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Center for Social Change:
Social Change Fellows & Grants

Walden University's Center for Social Change is a connective hub that promotes, facilitates, and supports collaborative alliances, action research, and projects that lead to purposeful action for sustainable positive social change.

Meet the Social Change Fellows

Meet the Social Change Fellows

Research and Applications for Social Change Grants are awarded annually to Walden doctoral students,  alumni, faculty, and staff, as well as external researchers, whose proposals reflect the university’s mission to foster social change through research and the education of scholar-practitioners.

Recipients automatically become Walden University Social Change Fellows. They are scholars, administrators, authors, artists, nurses, social workers, teachers, engineers, lawyers, historians, scientists and community leaders, ready to share their knowledge and skills for the greater global good. They continue to learn and grow as they give.

2021 Social Change Fellows: Faculty and Staff Recipients

Research Based Project

The Impact of COVID-19 on Working Parents: Navigating Work, Distance Learning, and Parenting

This study will explore changes in workload, workspace, household expenses, and stress for working parents with children. Participants will fill out a survey to address the changes put in place since the pandemic in regards to the allocation of space in the home, out of pocket costs associated with distance learning, and the impact of daily adjustments to personal well-being.

Sandra Bever, PhD

College of Nursing and College of Health Professions

Sandra Bever



Kim Kato, EdD

College of Health Professions/Health Education & Promotion

Kim Kato



Theoretical and Empirical Connections Between Physical and Mental Health among US adults in a Pandemic Era

The purpose of the proposed study is to explore 10-year mortality outcomes of depression. The biopsychosocial model will inform this study.  We will analyze COVID-19 related search behavior of the term “depression”, comparing before versus during the pandemic.

Srikanta Banerjee, MD, PhD

College of Health Professions/Public Health

Srikanta Banerjee

Gary Szirony, PhD

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences/School of Counseling

Gary Szirony



Applied Project

From Black Towns to Ghost Towns-The forgotten developments of Freed People: An Applied Project

This project highlights townships founded by Black Americans and the creation of textbook, workbook and teachers guide based on the discoveries about the townships. Through education and understanding of the past, students can make informed decisions about their future.  We want to invoke thought and generate knowledge through lessons in English, reading, and social studies, using material relevant to black students' culture.

Lequisha Brown Joseph, PhD

Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership

Michelle Susbery Hill, EdD

Ronin Institute

Michelle Susbery Hill

2021 Social Change Fellows: Student Recipients

Alice Edwards

Neurodiversity and Workplace Social Capital Effects on Employee Attitudes and Intentions

This quantitative causal-comparative study will examine the relationships between self-identified neurodiversity symptomology (NDS), workplace social capital (WSC), job satisfaction (JS) and turnover intent (TI) in working adults living in the United States in gender and job classification (JC). Social change informed by this study may lead to greater diversity and inclusion (D&I) within workplaces of neurodiverse employees and support further adoption and growth of D&I initiatives aimed at increasing workplace neurodiversity.

Alice Edwards, Candidate PhD in Industrial & Organizational Psychology

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences



Cultural Lens: Haitian Immigrant Parental Acculturation and High-Risk Behaviors in their Haitian Children

The purpose of the proposed case study is to explore and describe perceptions shaped by Haitian parents’ (a) acculturation and (b) cultural lens with respect to at-risk behaviors in their children. The results may shed light on the cultural factors forming Haitian parental perceptions of high-risk behaviors since the 2010 earthquake.

Weiselande Cesar, Candidate PhD in Human Services

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences