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Welcome to the 2011 Walden University Summer Research Symposium and to the campus of the University of Minnesota. Over the years, our symposia have showcased a diverse range of research from our faculty, students, and graduates; and this year is no different. What is new is that we are excited to welcome our first graduates of Walden’s Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A. ) program to the symposium. The topics for this symposium demonstrate the breadth and depth of the research currently being conducted at Walden. Projects represent studies in both actual and virtual communities, with foci on work, education, and healthcare applications. One theme that emerged in this group of presentations involves ways to support the people doing the hard work of effecting social change, including individuals in law enforcement, health services, clinical settings, and educational environments. Although some of these projects have been funded through internal grants, many projects report cutting-edge findings from doctoral capstones, conducted by Walden students. Consistent with previous symposia, we offer two formats for the presentation of research. Posters give the researchers a chance to engage with all individuals attending the symposium and potentially to network with other interested researchers. Within the roundtable format, a select group of researchers will be available for interactive discussions of their work, offering handouts and visual materials offered support the discussion. The “magic” of a research symposium can be found in the interactions between presenters and audience. So, please don’t be shy— step up, ask questions, make comments, and enjoy the experience. We also encourage you to use the “Contacts” page at the end of this program to record key connections that you will make at this event.