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Harris-Perry advances justice for women and girls of color

Wake Forest students and staff members in the Wake the Vote class pose for headshots on Tuesday, January 26, 2016. Professor Melissa Harris-Perry.

Melissa Harris-Perry, Maya Angelou Presidential Chair, spoke before the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls April 28. The session allowed members of the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls to explore the condition of black women in the United States through the testimony of black female academic, activists, celebrities and business women. Here is a link to the testimony she presented.

On April 29 and 30, Wake Forest’s Anna Julia Cooper Center – led by Harris-Perry – is hosting “Know Her Truths: Advancing Justice for Women & Girls of Color,” a national gathering focused on advancing justice for women and girls of color.

The conference is a key part of an ongoing, collaborative initiative to develop a meaningful research agenda addressing women and girls of color. The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Benson University Center 401. Nearly 100 speakers and panelists representing more than 60 organizations and institutions will participate. The full agenda and list of speakers are available on the “Know Her Truths” website.

Watch the livestream of the conference here.

Harris-Perry has also been named a winner of the 2016 Hillman Prize for Broadcast Journalism. Since 1950, the Sidney Hillman Foundation has honored journalists who pursue investigative reporting and deep storytelling in service of the common good. Winners exemplify resourcefulness and courage in reporting, skilled storytelling, social impact and relevance to the ideals of Sidney Hillman.

She was recently named editor-at-large for Elle magazine.

Executive Vice President Milam to present annual update

This message was sent by email to students, staff and faculty today on behalf of the Faculty Senate:

At the invitation of the Faculty Senate, Hof Milam, executive vice president, will give his annual financial update to the University on Tuesday, April 26, at 4 p.m. in Pugh Auditorium (Benson University Center).

Mr. Milam will review the Wake Forest University budget for the next year, as well as provide information on the financial challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. The Senate enthusiastically invites all Wake Forest University students, staff and faculty to attend.

Benefits Fair to be held May 3 in Benson University Center

The 2016 annual benefits fair for faculty and staff will be held May 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Benson University Center, Room 401.

More than 40 benefit providers will be present with representatives available to speak with attendees.

In addition to booths for vendors such as Blue Cross Blue Shield, the fair will also have a booth for the THRIVE program associated with the Office of Wellbeing. HELPS (Healthy Exercise and Lifestyle Programs) will be present, too.

Refreshments will be served. Raffle prizes will be offered.

Human Resources, which is organizing the event, will also be reminding benefits-eligible faculty and staff to take note of the benefits enrollment period that runs from April 25-May 6.

For more information, visit hr.wfu.edu or call 336-758-6404.

Panel discussion on HB 2 to be held April 18 in Farrell Hall

A panel discussion on HB 2 and its impact on Wake Forest and North Carolina will be held April 18 in Farrell Hall’s Broyhill Auditorium.  “Beyond Bathrooms: HB and its Impacts” will begin at 5 p.m.

The event is sponsored by the LGBTQ Center, the Division of Campus Life and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.  All are welcome to attend.

Panelists from Wake Forest will include:  Dani Benitez, student activist; Richard Caban-Cubero, student activist; Katy Harriger, professor of politics and international affairs; Derek Hicks, assistant professor in the School of Divinity; Tanya Jachimiak, Title IX coordinator; Marianne Magjuka, director of democratic engagement and justice programs in the Pro Humanitate Institute; Angela Mazaris, director of the LGBTQ Center; and Penny Rue, vice president for campus life.

Gladding writes new volume in history of Wake Forest University

Sam Gladding, Chair, Department of Counseling, Wake Forest University, Tuesday, December 3, 2013.

Sam Gladding

Counseling professor Sam Gladding, whose dozens of books about counseling are read worldwide, is focused now on a topic very close to home and his heart—Wake Forest University and its history.

Recently, he completed a nine-year project to write “The History of Wake Forest University: Volume 6.”  The book tells the story of the University when it was led by Thomas K. Hearn Jr.  From 1983 until his retirement in 2005, Hearn served as Wake Forest’s 12th president.  He also was the University’s second-longest serving president with 22 years at the helm.

“Wake Forest went from a strong regional, Baptist-affiliated university to a top 30 national, independent institution of higher learning,” according to Gladding, a Wake Forest alumnus who returned to the University in 1990 as assistant to the president for special projects and professor of counseling.  He later spent several years as associate provost before focusing all of his efforts at the University on the Department of Counseling.

An opportunity to have the book signed by Gladding is ahead.  On April 9, he will be signing on campus at Words Awake 2, a two-day celebration of Wake Forest-associated writers and writing.  The signing will be held from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Benson University Center, fourth floor.  Also signing books will be Provost Emeritus Ed Wilson, author of “The History of Wake Forest University, Volume V,” which focused on the University between 1967-83, when James Ralph Scales was president.

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President Hatch: Join conversation with Charles Best

This message was emailed to students, faculty and staff on March 28 by President Hatch:

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

On April 5, I invite you to join me for a conversation with Charles Best, CEO of DonorsChoose.org, as we engage in a meaningful discussion as part of The Leadership Project series, a program designed to showcase inspiring stories from leaders who represent a variety of professional paths and to celebrate the many ways leadership development is taught and inspired at Wake Forest.

DonorsChoose.org is a nonprofit organization that provides a simple way to address educational inequity. At DonorsChoose.org, public school teachers create classroom project requests and donors can choose the projects they want to support. Best launched the organization in 2000 out of a Bronx public high school where he taught history. Since then, more than 715,000 projects totaling nearly $420 million have been funded nationwide.

In honor of Best’s participation in The Leadership Project, Wake Forest will host a philanthropic flash mob on March 29 as part of the DonorsChoose.org #BestSchoolDay movement. Students, faculty and staff are invited to pick up a free $25 DonorsChoose.org gift card to support a K-12 classroom project. One thousand gift cards will be available at various locations across campus from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. The University’s goal is to have 100 percent redemption by the end of the day, totaling $25,000 of support for classroom projects in our community and across the country.

Please help make Wake Forest’s #BestSchoolDay a community success by picking up and redeeming a $25 gift card on March 29, and then let’s gather on April 5 at 6 p.m. in Broyhill Auditorium in Farrell Hall to hear Charles Best share his leadership philosophy and innovative approach to improve education.  More information is available at lead.wfu.edu.

Thank you,

Nathan O. Hatch

 

Moment of solidarity draws hundreds to Wait Chapel’s steps

20160324--2On March 24, more than 200 Wake Forest students, faculty, staff and alumni gathered for a moment of solidarity on the steps of Wait Chapel hosted by the LGBTQ Center in light of the passage of House Bill 2. 

LGBTQ Center Director Angela Mazaris said, “This legislation is a step backwards for North Carolina. By enacting this bill, our lawmakers have stripped important legal protections from gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people across the state. The impacts of HB 2 will be felt both on the individual level, as LGBTQ people face discrimination in the most quotidian areas of everyday life, and on the statewide level, as our local businesses and industry are unable to attract and retain top talent.”

Wake Forest University’s non-discrimination statement includes gender identity and sexual orientation.

In addition to continuing to add all gender restrooms across campus, Wake Forest will offer some gender-neutral housing for during the 2016-2017 academic year.

Wake Forest EMS to hold training event on March 19

This message was emailed to students, faculty and staff on March 15 by Communications and External Relations:

The Wake Forest Emergency Medical Services team will participate March 19 in a mass casualty drill at the nearby BB&T University Center.  (The original message incorrectly identified the location by its former name, Reynolda Business Center.)

The drill will run from 8 a.m. to noon in the parking lot at Wake Forest’s BB&T University Center, which is located at 2400 Reynolda Road across from the Reynolda Road entrance to the University.

The Wake Forest EMS team is a student-run organization with about 25 student volunteers who respond as emergency medical technicians (EMTs) to 911 medical calls 24/7 during the academic year.

The drill is intended to provide hands-on training to prepare them for a potential serious accident or other emergency on campus.  The students will be dispatched, in the drill, to a simulated incident and will practice how to call for additional resources to assist them. The student EMTs will unaware of what the incident is until the training occurs March 19 and will conduct themselves as though a mass casualty incident has happened.

The University Police Department, the Winston-Salem Police Department, the University’s Student Health Service, the Winston-Salem Fire Department and the Forsyth County EMS will participate in the drill.

Performance by acrobats to be moved indoors tonight

A performance by the Zuzu African Acrobats will be presented Monday night (March 14) in Brendle Recital Hall, instead of Manchester Plaza (Magnolia Quad).  University organizers decided to move the event indoors due to rain forecast for the night.

The event will take place at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

The performance is part of the University’s Global Wake Week running from March 14-18. The week will be filled with activities, films, food trucks, games and more.  Global Wake Week is intended for faculty, staff and students to celebrate the University’s past global successes and will launch the University’s 10-year Quality Enhancement Plan for strengthening Global Wake Forest.

Fit for Business 5K: Run, fun and feeding those in need

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This is a guest post from the School of Business:

What do backpacks and running shoes have in common?

This year, it’s the Fit for Business 5K run on April 16, beginning and ending at the School of Business, Farrell Hall. The School’s Graduate Student Government Association (SGSA) designed the event to promote wellbeing and highlight a problem less than 5K away from campus — hungry schoolchildren.

Proceeds from the race will benefit Forsyth Backpack Program, a local nonprofit that feeds K-12 schoolchildren who don’t have consistent access to food on weekends or school holidays.

“I hope that the 5K rings alarms of awareness though out our community concerning the hunger issues children face daily in this area. One in two children in Forsyth County are on reduced or free lunch [at school] … and experience food insecurity,” said Williams Hawks (MA ’16).  “We must ensure that we are living up to the call of our motto, Pro Humanitate. We must be there to close the gap on local hunger.”

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