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Will Walker

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Doctoral Student

Will Walker, Jr. (he/him) is a doctoral student at the Louise McBee Institute of Higher Education. He joins the institute as a Presidential Graduate Fellow, the university’s most prestigious honor for incoming graduate students.

Currently, Will is interested in research that centers on three broad areas of higher education: student engagement, governance, and organizational change. More specifically, he is engaged in work that considers the role and impact of student involvement in processes of university decision-making and the ways that broad goals of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are achieved on college campuses.

Before joining the McBee Institute, Will was a Grant Writer in the Office of Enrollment Management at Indiana University Bloomington. In this role, Will was responsible for drafting and co-managing multiple grants related to efforts to increase student engagement and retention. Will was directly involved in procuring and managing approximately $420,000 of external grant funds. Additionally, for two years, he facilitated student development and engagement while serving in multiple roles for Residential Programs & Services at Indiana University Bloomington.

Will holds an M.S.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Indiana University and a B.A. in Leadership Studies from the University of Richmond. He is a proud alumnus of the LEDA Scholars Program.

News Featuring Will Walker

McBee faculty and students participated in a research showcase for prospective PhD students on Friday, March 1. Four research teams shared ongoing projects, delving into the design, methodology, and even some preliminary research findings.

Tracking in…

by Jewel Caruso

Will Walker Jr. (first-year doctoral student) was featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education discussing the recent SCOTUS decision on affirmative action and the impact on admissions for underrepresented students.

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