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Valuing Diversity

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Melissa Harris-Perry to join faculty

MSNBC television host, political thought leader and Wake Forest University alumna Melissa Harris-Perry (‘94) will return this summer to her alma mater as a chaired professor.

Wake Forest sophomore Tim Lee ('16) demonstrates the robot arm that he has programmed to paint pictures, in Huffman Residence Hall on Friday, January 24, 2014.

Painting robot lends surgeons a hand

Would you let an artist perform life-saving surgery on you? You might someday, if the artist is a painting robot. Timothy Lee (’16) built a robotic painting arm that could one day lend doctors a hand in practicing complex, robot-assisted surgeries without having to step foot in an operating room.


Students explore diversity through art

Student groups came together to showcase the “Big Tent,” encouraging their peers to think about diversity and identity through art. The project was part of the University’s year-long Faces of Courage celebration commemorating the 50th anniversary of integration.


Celebrating Latino heritage

The University’s first Latino graduates, Carlos Perez (’65) and Peter Bondy (’67), were honored March 21 during the Celebration of Latino Heritage March 21. The event was part of the ongoing Faces of Courage series.


New website asks ‘Where are you from?’

Communication professor Alessandra Von Burg’s vision was born of the idea that everyone has stories to tell whether they are lifelong U.S. citizens or recent immigrants.

Janat Bouarour, Yasmin Bendaas and Arjona Chergui in Chemora, Algeria. (Photo courtesy of Yasmin Bendaas)

Student Storyteller: Vanishing Ink

Inspired by the tattoos on her Algerian grandmother’s face, Yasmin Bendaas (’13) wanted to know more about how this custom began, and why it is disappearing. With the help of the Richter Scholarship and a Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting fellowship, Bendaas spent the summer in Algeria researching.

Matthew Samari and Sonia Kuguru

The value of diversity

Wake Forest is an intellectually and culturally diverse place where interfaith programs, the new Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning and Queer Center and a variety of guest artists and speakers reflect the University’s commitment to cultivating an environment which fosters the inclusion and engagement of everyone, regardless of individual differences.