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Center for Social Change:
Social Change Awards

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.

Walden is proud of the efforts, passion and skill that our faculty, staff, students, alumni and changemaker friends

contribute in support of social change worldwide.

We'd like to recognize our leaders who have received awards for their work.

Walden Commitment to Social Change Award

The purpose of the Walden Commitment to Social Change Award is to recognize exemplary social change activities employees are engaged in, both within and outside of the university, that exemplify Walden University’s mission of positive social change.

2020 Commitment to Social Change Winners


Dr. Christie JenkinsThe Center for Social Change is proud to announce that Dr. Christie Jenkins, a core faculty member in the School of Counseling, is our recipient of the 2020 Faculty Commitment to Social Change Award.

One of the colleagues that nominated Dr. Jenkins noted that:

“In addition to modeling what it takes to be an empathic and effective counselor in connecting with students and clients, Dr. Jenkins excels in living a social change scholar-practitioner model, fully engaged with the profession at the national, state, and local levels.

“The Ohio Governor, the Ohio House of Representatives, and Lucas County have formally recognized Dr. Jenkins for her work with abused populations this past year, as they have done in previous years as well …

“Her work in serving the needs of those impacted by domestic and interpersonal violence demonstrates how her passion, energy, and efforts have had significant impacts in her home community and as a professional mentor for the future counselors that she works with here at Walden.”

A fellow board member of the nonprofit Family and Child Abuse Prevention Center in Toledo, Ohio, where Dr. Jenkins serves as CEO, notes:

“Besides improving FCAPC overall, it is [Dr. Jenkins’ leadership] in creating and implementing the long-term counseling [program] that demonstrates Christie’s impact for social change here in Toledo …

“The board’s and Christie’s focus are delivering the FCAPC mission and best serving the community.”

Dr. Jenkins has served as a public relations expert on behalf of Walden and has been featured in the Huffington Post, Today’s Parent, and She has most recently taken on the role of co-advisor for the newly formed LGBTQ+ PRIDE organization at Walden.

Congratulations, Dr. Jenkins! We appreciate you and all the efforts, skills, and passions you bring to Walden and your community as a social change leader.



2018 Commitment to Social Change Award Winner

Dr. Jonas Nguh accepts his Social Change Award.

Dr. Jonas Nguh has been a leader in global maternal and infant health for more than 20 years, and his work in improving the lives of vulnerable populations and empowerment of disenfranchised communities spans the globe.  Dr.Nguh is a Walden University School of Nursing faculty member, and active Alumni Ambassador.



2017 Commitment to Social Change Winner

During Walden's July 2017 National Faculty Meeting and Commencement, doctor Mahaman Moussa, a member of Walden’s School of Nursing faculty was recognized for his dedication and time in providing free-clinic services for the medically underserved in North Carolina and for his leadership and actions in building the Raouda Medical Center in Tahoua, Niger, where he currently serves as President and CEO.



2016 Commitment to Social Change Winner

Molly Raymond accepts her Social Change Award.

Molly Raymond, Walden Field Education Coordinator, Founder of EDIT (Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Together), 2016 Co-Chair of Walden’s Minneapolis Community-Building Committee.



2015 Commitment to Social Change Winners

Dr. Iris Yob Chue Vang
Dr. Iris Yob, Walden Director of Social Change initiatives and Faculty Emerita, in recognition of Dr. Yob’s important research in better understanding how higher education can support social change through the development of relevant curricula. Chue T. Vang, Walden Student Success Advisor and President and Founder of the Hmong American Education Fund (HAEF), St. Paul, Minnesota.

Other Notable Social Change Award Winners

Walden Alum Research Mental Health Support in African-American Men

Dr. Tiffany Coleman

Dr. Tiffany Coleman, a Walden Master of Public Health and PhD of Public Health graduate, provides critical research and resources on the mental health support needed for African-American men.

Shortly after graduating college, Dr. Tiffany Coleman joined the U.S. Army and worked as an operating room technician. During her nine years of service, she found her interest moving toward preventative health. She was intrigued by the underlying causes of unhealthy behaviors and diseases. In particular, a specific health issue her “battle buddies” fought with piqued her interest. Several of her African-American male colleagues were struggling with mental health issues.

Read About Dr. Coleman's Work Battling the Mental Health Stigma.



Faculty Member to Receive Humanitarian Award

Dr. Rebecca Cowan

In April, Dr. Rebecca Cowan will receive the 2020 Gilbert and Kathleen Wrenn Award for a Humanitarian and Caring Person from the American Counseling Association at their conference in San Diego. Dr. Cowan is a core faculty member in the School of Counseling.

The award “honors an ACA member who gives to others without fanfare or expectation of reward other than the personal satisfaction of seeing other people made happier.”



Doctoral Grad Named Community Champion

Dr. Shagranda TravelerDr. Shagranda Traveler, a 2019 Doctor of Business Administration graduate and president of the Divine Nine Alliance student organization at Walden University, received the 2019 Empowering Visionaries Community Champion of the Year Award from the National Black MBA Association’s Dallas/Ft. Worth chapter.

Traveler is vice president of talent and leadership development at Citigroup. She is an American Corporate Partners Mentor and volunteers with the North Texas Food Bank, Meals on Wheels, the Mansfield Independent School District and Chamber of Commerce, and other organizations.