2010 Scholar of Change: Reis Woollen

2010 Scholar of Change: Reis Woollen

Walden University Bachelor of Sciene in Nursing student Reis Woollen trains others to care for India's growing elder population

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 10:00am

CAMPAIGN: Walden University Scholars of Change

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When the opportunity came up for Reis Woolen to go to India, she saw it as a chance to use her nursing skills in a different way and provide meaningful pro bono work to the people of India.

Currently Reis is helping train healthcare providers and family members to care for this aging population in a way that is evidence-based and culturally sensitive. Through word of mouth in the community, Reis and the group she is working with has trained over 75 people on how to care for the elderly population at home.

A class at Walden University, where Reis earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, helped her see that she wanted to work toward social change but was overwhelmed by it. Reis’ self reflection that she needed to accept that her contribution didn’t have to fix the whole world and what she was capable of contributing could be good enough allowed her to work freely for her cause. 


For more than 40 years, Walden University has supported working professionals in achieving their academic goals and making a greater impact in their professions and their communities. The Scholars of Change program began in 2009 when Walden University invited students and alumni to help bring the university’s social change mission to life by submitting short videos demonstrating how they were applying their Walden education and experiences to effect positive social change around the globe. The videos demonstrate a learning experience that emphasizes Walden’s scholar-practitioner model, built on the belief that knowledge is most valuable when it is put to use in the interest of the greater good.

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