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WFU to host conference for diversity & inclusion professionals

On Nov. 21, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion will serve as host to the North Carolina Diversity and Inclusion Partners (NCDIP) Annual Fall Conference. Convened by Assistant Provost Barbee Oakes, this year’s conference will explore the meanings and manifestations of implicit bias in everyday professional life.

NCDIP is a consortium of diversity and inclusion, equity, human resources and multicultural affairs professionals from public and private institutions of higher education across the state. Member institutions include Duke, UNC Chapel Hill, North Carolina State, East Carolina, UNC Charlotte, UNC Wilmington and Craven Community College.

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WakeUnited Live United: Mike Draughn

Mike-Draughn-300x175For the last two years, Mike Draughn, director of maintenance and utilities services, has served as the WakeUnited departmental coordinator for Facilities & Campus Services, but his commitment to United Way goes back a lot farther.

“Since the early ‘80s, my wife and I have made United Way our highest giving priority after our local church,” says Mike.  “It’s an honor to work with and help coordinate the folks within Facilities & Campus Services.  They are truly some of the most dedicated supporters of United Way and givers of their resources and time of any group I have been affiliated with.”

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October faculty publication announcements

Ilesanmi, Simeon O. (Religion), Win-Chiat Lee (Philosophy), & J. Wilson Parker (Law), Eds. The Rule of Law and the Rule of God. Palgrave Macmillan. October 2014.

Lanzoni, Rémi Fournier. (Romance Languages). French Comedy on Screen: A Cinematic History. Palgrave Macmillan. October 2014.

McFall, Todd A. (Economics). The (Peculiar) Economics of NCAA Basketball. Palgrave Macmillan. October 2014.

Mitra, Ananda. (Communication). Digital DNA: Social Networking and You. Rupa Publications. September 2014.

Otteson, James R. (Business). The End of Socialism. Cambridge University Press. October 2014.

Wood, John H. (Economics). Central Banking in a Democracy: The Federal Reserve and its Alternatives (Routledge Explorations in Economic History series). Routledge. October 2014.

Mary Robinson to speak at spring ‘Voices of Our Time’ event

mary.robinson.300x175Mary Robinson, President of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice will speak at Wake Forest University at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 26 in Wait Chapel as part of the University’s Voices of Our Time speaker series, which recently featured acclaimed civil rights lawyer, advocate and legal scholar Michelle Alexander.

Robinson’s address is being presented in conjunction with a two-day interdisciplinary symposium, “The Human Face of Environmental Inequality,” jointly sponsored by the Wake Forest University Humanities Institute, the University’s Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability, and the Human Rights and Global Justice research group, an affiliate of the Humanities Institute. The symposium will be held at Wake Forest on March 26 and 27.

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New year, new You! Join Therapeutic Lifestyle Change (TLC)

walkingMake plans now to support your New Year’s Resolution of a healthy and active lifestyle. Whether your goal is to eat a healthier diet, stop smoking, lose weight or walk three miles a day, the Therapeutic Lifestyle Change (TLC) program can help!

What is HELPS TLC? HELPS TLC is a medically directed, professionally supervised program designed to help WFU employees develop a healthy and active lifestyle using exercise and education.

What is the cost? The cost will be covered by Wake Forest.

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Proposals funded: Beavers, Carroll, Marsh

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Congratulations to Kristen Beavers, assistant professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Pepper Center Research Career Development Core Award: Effects of Exercise Modality During Weight Loss on Bone Health in Older Adults” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and by [subaward/subcontract from] Wake Forest University Health Sciences (WFU funding agency).

David Carroll

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Congratulations to David Carroll, professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Power Generating Coverings” has been funded by NASA and by {subaward/subcontract from] Streamline Automation (WFU funding agency).

Tony Marsh

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Congratulations to Anthony Marsh, professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Physical Exercise to Prevent Disability Pilot Study – LIFE Field Center” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and by [subaward/subcontract from] Wake Forest University Health Sciences (WFU funding agency).

Celebrate fall

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Provost Kersh invites you to a faculty and staff happy hour in the Green Room of Reynolda Hall on Thursday, Nov. 13, 4-5:30 p.m.

Please plan to join colleagues from across campus to enjoy fall at Wake Forest!

Our ongoing commitment to building community

A message from Vice President for Campus Life Penny Rue, Dean of Students and Associate Vice President for Campus Life Adam Goldstein and Assistant Provost for Diversity and Inclusion Barbee Oakes to the Wake Forest community.

Are you interested in working toward a positive, inclusive campus climate? Here are several ways your efforts can make a difference:

  • Deac Tank: We are pleased to introduce Deac Tank, a campus-wide competition to find and fund new student-centered ideas to help Wake Forest live up to our ideal of a diverse and inclusive learning environment. Students with the best submissions will receive funding in the spring semester to implement their ideas to improve our community. Students must express initial interest by Dec. 5 and submit proposals by Jan. 23.
  • Deliberative Dialogue Action Teams: Last week, hundreds of Wake Foresters participated in a campus-wide Deliberative Dialogue to address the fundamental question of “what does it mean to live in community?” By the end of next week, the Pro Humanitate Institute will announce the opportunity to participate in action teams to transform the aspirational into the practical as we work toward ensuring our campus is a place where all feel welcome and a sense of belonging.
  • Celebrate Civility: This past summer, first-year students read P.M. Forni’s Choosing Civility for Project Wake. In a continuation of related campus events and experiences, the Student Advising Leadership Council and the Pro Humanitate Institute have organized a campus-wide banner-decorating event celebrating civility on Wednesday, Nov. 12 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Manchester Plaza.
  • Town Hall about Campus Climate: A group of dedicated student leaders has organized a second Town Hall for Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 6:30 p.m. in Pugh Auditorium to address race relations, curriculum requirements, policing practices and more.

A comprehensive calendar of related events is available on the Provost’s website.

Thank you to the diverse groups of student, faculty and staff who have taken numerous actions and engaged in countless conversations relating to campus climate issues such as bias, event planning and management, gender identity, race, religion, sexual orientation and socioeconomic status. While there is room for progress, Wake Forest is becoming a better place each day because of your efforts to foster a more equitable and inclusive campus community.

Kóczé and El Buen Pastor work to support women

Angela KoczeAngéla Kóczé, a visiting faculty member with Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, invited women from El Buen Pastor to participate in an entrepreneurship project. Utilizing a framework from one of her classes, Kóczé and her students worked together to help each participant to identify future career possibilities, evaluate personal assets and challenges and to find a best path forward.

Read more in the El Buen Pastor newsletter.

Kóczé recently won the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for her human rights work with the Roma people of Hungary,

Submit 2015 Commencement speaker nominations by Nov. 19

graduation.300x175A message from the Commencement Speaker Advisory Committee

As members of the Commencement Speaker Advisory Committee, we look forward to engaging our graduating students and other members of the University community in the selection process of our 2015 Commencement speaker. As we begin this exciting task, we look to you to provide us with speaker nominations for Commencement 2015.

Please submit your suggestions to CSAC@wfu.edu by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 19.

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