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Wake Forest earns national recognition for global campus commitment

November 16, 2020  |   Community in Progress, International, Research, Student, Top Stories

Wake Forest has been recognized by the Institute of International Education (IIE) and Diversity Abroad for increasing access to global experiences for all students.

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Webinar to highlight student-curated exhibition on Black portraiture

September 25, 2020  |   Arts & Culture, Community in Progress, Events, Humanities, Top Stories

“Representation Matters: Art, Space and Racial Restitution,” a webinar co-sponsored by Hanes Gallery, Wake Forest University’s Slavery, Race and Memory Project and Wake the Arts, will be held Wednesday, Sept. 30 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The panel will be moderated by humanities professor Corey D. B. Walker and feature conversations around the works. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required.

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WFU shows commitment to diversity and inclusion with new initiatives

September 4, 2020  |   Community in Progress, Top Stories

Establishing Wake Forest University as a more diverse and inclusive campus that builds bridges in the Winston-Salem community and maintains that commitment is a priority across the University. In 2019, President Nathan O. Hatch created the President’s Commission on Race, Equity and Community to lead this essential work.

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WFU professors study whether pro athletes political statements and race are influencers

August 31, 2020  |   Community in Progress, Faculty, Research, Top Stories

As civil unrest continues across the country and with fall sports in jeopardy because of the COVID-19 pandemic, two Wake Forest professors are examining how professional athletes’ political statements have the ability to impact people’s racial attitudes.

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“We Cannot Forget”

February 25, 2020  |   Community in Progress, For Alumni, For Parents, Top Stories, Valuing Diversity

At 3 p.m. on Feb. 23, about 225 people gathered at the Millennium Center in downtown Winston-Salem for a vigil commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Winston-Salem sit-in. Organized by Wake Forest and Winston-Salem State universities, the event featured remarks by Wake Forest President Nathan O. Hatch and Winston-Salem State Chancellor Elwood L. Robinson, a keynote address by WFU Dean of the School of Divinity Jonathan L. Walton and music by The WSSU Singing Rams.

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Wake Forest apologizes for benefitting from enslaved people

February 20, 2020  |   Community in Progress, Events, Top Stories

Each February, the Wake Forest University community gathers for Founders’ Day Convocation to observe the founding of the University in 1834. At this year’s event, Wake Forest President Nathan O. Hatch acknowledged the University’s participation in the institution of slavery. He offered an apology for how Wake Forest benefitted from the labor and sale of enslaved people.

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Building momentum, sustaining commitment: Checking in with the Slavery, Race and Memory Project

February 13, 2020  |   Community in Progress, Events, Speakers, Top Stories

What can we learn from the past? Wake Forest University legal scholar and Associate Provost Kami Chavis explains, “If you want to have a transformative institutional change, you have to begin examining the past and the root causes of underlying issues to know what you need to do in the future.” Chavis is also co-chair of the Steering Committee of Wake Forest’s Slavery, Race and Memory Project.

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‘Classics Beyond Whiteness:’ Relevant, inclusive

February 7, 2020  |   Community in Progress, Faculty, Humanities, Top Stories

The course “Classics Beyond Whiteness” was originally limited to 15 students. Twenty-six registered. “I couldn’t turn students away,” said classics professor T.H.M. Gellar-Goad. The fall class was one of several planned courses, events and programming focusing on “Classics Beyond Whiteness” – a multidisciplinary collaboration that examines a misleading and damaging tendency to focus on white scholars and perspectives in claissical studies while excluding black voices.

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Honoring ‘Strength, Resolve and Legacy’

February 6, 2020  |   Admissions, Alumni, Community in Progress, Events, Top Stories, Valuing Diversity

When they moved into a women’s residence hall in 1969, Beth Norbrey Hopkins and Deborah Graves McFarlane simply wanted to obtain a good education and weren’t thinking about making history as the first African American women to come to Wake Forest as resident students. But they did.

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Wake Forest University to celebrate, honor first African American women to integrate residence halls

January 29, 2020  |   Alumni, Community in Progress, Top Stories, Valuing Diversity

On Feb. 1, Beth Norbrey Hopkins and four other African American women will talk candidly about their experiences at Wake Forest in the early 1970s. The 9 a.m. panel discussion in Brendle Recital Hall commemorates the 50-year anniversary of the integration of women’s residence halls at Wake Forest.

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