About Us

The Center for Social Change

Walden University Center for Social Change is a connective hub that promotes, facilitates, and supports collaborative partnerships that lead to purposeful action for sustainable positive social change. We are committed to three areas of development for our Walden Community:

  • Empower Changemakers
  • Build Community
  • Elevate our Social Change Impact Across the University

Our Blog

We Aspire to share meaningful stories of social change to provide connection, inspiration, and fruitful wisdom.

We Aspire to remain aligned with the Center for Social Change commitments by bridging connections across boundaries through authentic and inspiring stories about our community’s work in social change. We believe stories provoke empathy and connections that cultivate our sense of generosity and compassion.

We Aspire to be a vessel for learning by humanizing the real, everyday challenges and triumphs changemakers across the world experience as they pull up their sleeves and try to make a positive mark in a way most meaningful to them. 

We Aspire to learn from one another by discovering lessons that can be applied broadly, provoke growth, and deconstruct the complexity of social change with palpable stories and relevant resources.

Our Team

Angelica M. Lohr

Location: Portland, OR

Education: Educational Specialist, M.A.

Role and Department at Walden: Manager, Center for Academic Excellence

What makes me happy:

  • Dark roast coffee, in Iceland, at dawn
  • Climbing mountains all over the world
  • The unbreakable human spirit
  • The way the Adriatic Sea glistens in the midday sun
  • Marriage equality

What I care about: 

  • Empowering the unlimited potential of each individual
  • Helping people find their voice

Social change passions:

  • Equity in Education
  • Open Educational Resources (OER)
  • Diversity and Inclusion in the Learning Environment
  • Resource Accessibility

Maggie Murphy

Location: Minneapolis, MN

Education: M.S. Applied Behavior Analysis

Role and Department at Walden: Licensure Coordinator, Office of Licensing and Compliance: School of Nursing

What makes me happy

  • Laughing with friends
  • Learning new skills
  • Freshly ground coffee beans
  • Trying new things when they make me nervous
  • Going for walks or hikes when the weather is nice in MN

What I care about

  • Inclusivity
  • An individual’s ability to achieve goals, learn, and grow
  • Research and exploration of new ideas

Social change interests

  • Environmental sustainability
  • Education (specifically higher education opportunities)
  • Human equality and justice

Molly Raymond

Location: Minneapolis, MN

Education: Master’s in Social Work, Community Organizing and Advocacy

Role and Department at Walden: Associate Director, Center for Social Change

What makes me happy

  • The joy and zest for life and learning in my 2 year old
  • Learning the specificity of someone’s story, what made them who they are
  • Parties with old, dear friends and new, interesting ones
  • Hot lavender, oat milk lattes on a cool morning
  • Exploring the outdoors in all its colors, climates, and landscapes

What I care the most about:

  • Connections between humans that uplifts, strengthens and empowers us to be our whole-hearted best selves

My deepest social change interests

  • Equity in education
  • Social and emotional learning for youth and parents both
  • Racial justice
  • Climate and sustainability
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