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Wake Forest University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
1834 Wake Forest Road
Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27109
(336) 758-5000
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School Information
"Founded in 1834, Wake Forest University is a private university located in Winston-Salem, N.C., with more than 8,000 students. The undergraduate population of more than 5,200 hails from 49 states and more than 50 foreign countries. Ours is a vibrant and diverse academic community in which students pursue learning in one or more of the 45 majors, 60 minors and additional programs we offer within our six colleges and schools." The university enrolls over 8,700 students, employs over 6,200 faculty and staff, and offers over 100 academic programs across its six schools. (Source:
General Information
Wake Forest University has not yet implemented a university-wide plan to support anti-racist initiatives. However, its Department of Mathematics and Statistics offered a course on combatting racism within mathematics and statistics disciplines. The exact content of the course is not yet clear. No mandatory Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of students. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

  • “The Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Wake Forest University this fall is offering a 'racist and anti-racist uses of math and statistics class' in an effort to combat racism within the discipline of mathematics and the math department itself”.
  • The university is offering "iLab Lunch and Learn," a deep-dive series of workshops designed to "provide WFU community members with the opportunity to continue their intercultural competence journey."
  • The school has an Office of Diversity and Inclusion which offers numerous events and resources.
  • The ZSR Library at WFU offers an anti-racist pedagogy research guide for the school’s faculty and students.
Symbolic Actions
  • The school created the Race, Inequality, and Policy Initiative (RIPI), which is “multidisciplinary research initiative created to support research, teaching and community engagement activities that enhance our understanding of and address the racial, ethnic and gender inequities and inequalities that exist in the U.S.”
  • On May 7th, 2021, the school announced the renaming of Wingate Hall that was originally named after the former university president. The school planned a memorial to address its antebellum past.
  • Wake Forest University joined the Universities Studying Slavery consortium and expanded the Slavery, Race, and Memory Project to create a new center focused on African American studies.
  • Regarding the death of Tyre Nichols in January 2023, the school's Counseling Center stated "The new wave of grief that this event evokes for us is compounded by the repeated grieving we experience from the disturbing pattern of disregard for the lives of BIPOC people everywhere."
Last updated February 15th, 2023
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