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Welcome to the 2018 Walden University Research Symposium. We are excited to be back in Minneapolis this year, where the symposium originally started 11 years ago! We also want to note that, for the first time this year, we have invited alumni who had previously participated in a New Scholars Workshop to serve as reviewers. The Research Symposium is an annual event that showcases research projects from our academic community, especially work by our recent graduates. As is usually the case, the nature of the research presented at the symposium is quite varied and reflects many of the challenges currently being faced by individuals and institutions across the globe. The presentations at this symposium appear in two different formats.
• Poster presentations provide an opportunity for researchers to engage with all individuals attending the symposium and potentially to network with other interested researchers.
• Using a roundtable presentation format, a select group of researchers is available for interactive discussions of their work, with handouts and visual materials available to support the discussion.
For this symposium, we are highlighting the in-progress research by fellows associated with Walden University’s Center for Social Change. 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.