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Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month begins Sept. 15

This is a guest post from organizers of the Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month:

Wake Forest’s Intercultural Center, Organization of Latin American Students and the Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month Committee have announced a month of Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month events and activities beginning Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 on the center’s website.

Kicking off the month will be a Homecoming reception hosted by the Hispanic/Latino Alumni Association welcoming Hispanic and Latino alumni back to campus to enjoy refreshments, and mingle with alumni and staff. The event will start at 9 p.m. at the PHI House and is open to alumni, faculty/staff, and current seniors.

The month’s keynote event will feature actress/author Diane Guerrero from Orange Is the New Black. The event will take place at 7 p.m. Sept. 28 in Pugh Auditorium (Benson University Center). Participating in a moderated discussion by José Villalba (Interim CDO), Guerrero will discuss immigration reform, life experiences and her book, In the Country We Love.

Other events and activities planned for the month include a Latinx Alumni Panel; a Women of Color Discussion group; a Latinx Language & Identity Panel discussing various sociolinguistics issues pertaining to Latinx; Soul Food Fiesta; ZSR en la Noche, celebrating OLAS’ 10th Anniversary; and much more.

For details, visit

Secrest Artists Series presents The Bobs, a cappella comedy, Sept. 14

This is a guest post from the Secrest Artists Series:

The Bobs

Manhattan Transfer meets Monty Python…Robin Williams meets Bobby McFerrin…that’s The Bobs. This original “band without instruments” has been skewering the classics and breaking all the rules in the world of vocal music for more than 30 years, playing everywhere from Lincoln Center to Berlin’s Passionkirche. This is your last chance to hear these remarkable – and remarkably funny – experts of a cappella music, as they perform for the Secrest Artists Series on their farewell tour.  The concert will be presented Sept. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in Brendle Recital Hall, Scales Fine Arts Center.

Enrich your concert-going experience by joining a pre-performance talk at 6:40 p.m. in M208, adjacent to Brendle Recital Hall. The talk will be led by Nathan Zullinger, an instructor and Cantata Singers conductor at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.  It will focus on the historical roots of a cappella singing and comedy in music.

 Wake Forest and School of Medicine faculty, staff and retirees receive free admission for themselves and one guest to each Secrest Artists Series performance. Wake Forest students receive free admission for themselves. Simply show your WFU I.D. at the door.

Tickets for the community are $5-$18.  Information available at or 336-758-5757.

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Allison McWilliams: Generation Z is here

Allison McWilliams

Allison McWilliams is assistant vice president of mentoring and alumni personal and career development in the Office of Personal and Career Development.  She writes occasional articles for Inside WFU.  This is the first for the fall semester. In each, she shares observations and suggestions with faculty and staff from her professional experiences with students.

Each fall, when the new class of students hits US college campuses, Beloit College releases its annual Mindset List, the things that shapes that group’s world view and perspective. It’s a fun list, with many stabs to the heart as we realize how old the rest of us really are. Whether or not these “facts of life” shape who these young people are, one considerable shift is taking place that most certainly will: the much-researched and much-maligned Generation Y, or Millennial Generation, have graduated. Get ready for Generation Z.

Who is Generation Z? They are so young, it’s hard to generalize as of yet (though that’s not stopping anyone). But here are some things that people are starting to predict, based on what we know about the current economic, social, and political climate:

  • They are conscientious, hard-working, somewhat anxious and mindful of the future.
  • They are the first generation to be completely raised in the era of smart phones. As a result of that and watching the mistakes of their Millennial peers, they are very aware of their personal brand, and attracted to technology that “disappears,” like Snapchat. They use technology for research and like to multi-task.
  • They grew up in a post-9/11 world, during a recession. As a result, they are pragmatic, particularly when it comes to career decisions. They don’t necessarily plan to “follow a passion.”
  • They were raised in households and in an education system that was very diverse, comfortable with shifting gender roles and multi-generational families.

What does this mean for us, the mentors? A few key things stand out:

  • We have to learn to meet them where they are, and recognize that they lack fluency with long-term relationships, both personally and professionally.
  • We have to give them the tools that they need to navigate an uncertain world.
  • We have to become more comfortable using technology as a tool for connection, and with a global, diverse mindset.
  • We have to understand that they have access to an almost limitless universe of information at their fingertips; our value is helping them to navigate, understand, and apply that information effectively.

Generation Z is here. We won’t know for several more years what that really means, for us and for them. But our roles remain the same: help them discover who they are as individuals, make intentional choices and decisions, set goals and pursue them, and reflect on what they are learning and how to apply it.

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Reynolda Village offers discounts to campus during Wake the Village

This is a guest post from Reynolda Village:

Reynolda Village invites all faculty, staff and students to Wake the Village on Sept. 8.  Shop, dine, and explore while enjoying these exclusive discounts.

  • 10% Off at Village Tavern (excluding alcoholic beverages)
  • ½ Price Bottles of Wine at Silo
  • 5% Off at May Way Dumplings
  • 20% Off on One Item at Monkee’s of the Village
  • Free Pair of Earrings with Purchase at BohoBlu
  • 15% Off Products at European Touch Day Spa
  • 20% Off Any One Full Price Item at McCall’s
  • 15% Off Purchase of $100 at M. Christopher
  • 15% Off Services Booked on Day of Event and 15% Off Aveda Products at Aeracura Salon
  • 20% Off Any One Full Price Item at Belle Maison
  • 20% Off Purchase of $100 at All Through The House
  • 20% Off One Clothing Item at Pure Barre (excluding socks)
  • 10% Off Membership Packages at Yoga Dogz
  • 15% Off One Item & Free Reusable Beach Tote (with purchase) at J.McLaughlin

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University Counseling Center expands support for students

This is a guest post from the University Counseling Center:

On August 14, 2017 the University Counseling Center unveiled its expanded crisis support services available to the Wake Forest community.  In order to provide greater access for students who are experiencing an emotional crisis, immediate support is available by calling the UCC (336.758.5273) 24-hours a day, 365 days a year.  Enrolled students who are studying abroad, or are away from campus during the year can also receive this crisis support.  Previously the UCC offered after-hours and weekend crisis support during the fall and spring semesters when residence halls were open.

Those calling the UCC during business hours will reach our administrative staff who are trained to help the caller find the resource that best fits their current need – which can include an immediate or same-day crisis appointment at the center, or a next available Initial Visit appointment.  In the 2016-17 academic year, average wait time for non-urgent first appointments was less than seven days, and the UCC has never utilized a wait list.

Callers contacting the UCC after-hours, weekends, or when the university is closed will reach a licensed mental health professional who will also provide support and assessment for the presenting issues and ensure an appropriate plan is in place.

Consultation for those concerned about a Wake Forest student is also available by calling the UCC.  For life-threatening emergencies on-campus please call WFU Police (336.758.5911 or 911 from a campus phone) or 911.

The University Counseling Center has recently relocated to 117 Reynolda Hall, and is open between 8:30 am-5:00 pm M-F.  The center offers individual and group counseling and psychotherapy for all students, consultation to anyone, outreach and prevention presentations, and crisis response. The UCC also offers a Student Mental Health Ambassador program for students interested in mental health promotion and stigma reduction.

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