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Wake Forest University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
1834 Wake Forest Road
Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27109
Phone
(336) 758-5000
Email address
admissions@wfu.edu
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: https://about.wfu.edu/)
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

Admissions Policies
  • The school's "Realizing Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity (R.I.D.E.)" program states that "The Admissions Action Team focused on Admissions and finance-related pathways to create an inclusive campus community." Recommendations include "a call to intentionally recruiting students from diverse backgrounds, which is a current priority within the Office of Admissions."
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The school's Office of Diversity and Inclusion offers many "ODI-Specific Programming" professional development "opportunities" for staff and faculty including: "How to Engage Meaningfully in Allyship and Anti-Racism," Recruit Diverse Talent and Promote Equitable Hiring," and "Drive Organizational Change for DEI."
  • The school's Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion's "Affinity Resource Groups" support "faculty and staff in actively and intentionally cultivating an inclusive community and culture at Wake Forest University." One of ARG's goals is to "Provide professional development, mentoring, and networking opportunities."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • The school's "Vision to R.I.D.E" [Realizing Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity] states that "students, staff, and faculty will engage in curricular and co-curricular programs and initiatives that facilitate their capacity to explore, understand, and operationalize a broad range of concepts, experiences, perspectives, and opinions through a diversity, equity, and inclusion lens."
  • The school's "Realizing Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity (R.I.D.E.)" program states that "The Curriculum and Faculty Action Team focuses on enhancing the academic experience and curriculum to better prepare students to be effective leaders and culturally competent citizens after graduation." In addition, "A key recommendation was development of a required course for students in cultural competency." The Offices of the Provost and the Dean of the College "partnered with faculty responsible for curricular decisions to consider enhancements."
Disciplinary Measures
  • The school has a "Report Bias" webpage and states that "A bias incident is an act or behavior motivated by the offender’s bias against facets of another’s identity. Bias occurs whether the act is intentional or unintentional."
Program and Research Funding
  • The school published a document titled "Strategies to Demonstrate Prioritization of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Scholarship and Initiatives" which offers many strategies and actions the school can take to prioritize DEI scholarship initiatives.
Re-Imagining Policing
  • The school's "Realizing Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity (R.I.D.E.)" program states that "The Policing Action Team is responsible for identifying ways to improve community relations with police officers. Recommendations addressed events held in the Barn and police requests for identification. Many steps have been taken since the Town Hall last March to address these concerns, including unconscious bias training, personnel changes, and changes in Barn management."
Resources
  • “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.
  • The school's "Vision to R.I.D.E" [Realizing Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity] states that "University stakeholders will be able to identify, develop, and review policies that promote equity, diversity, and inclusion across academic, administrative, support, and logistical units."
  • The school's "Vision to R.I.D.E" [Realizing Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity] states that "University colleagues will be presented with opportunities, resources, and materials to help them plan and evaluate their diversity and inclusion practices in using methods and “best practices” that directly contribute to the University’s mission towards a more diverse and inclusive learning and working community."
  • The school's "R.I.D.E Framework" [Realizing Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity] webpage provides links to its "Action Planning Guides" and "Action Plan Reflection Guide" for faculty, staff and students. The webpage states that "Diversity, and Equity framework (R.I.D.E. Framework) and the action planning process provide an opportunity to take stock of ongoing departmental and organizational investment in and progress toward Inclusive Excellence."
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 November 16th, 2023
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