Updates from HR: Flu shots, COVID recap, wellness and community

Flu shots: Sept. 21 – Oct. 19

Wake Forest University will offer free flu shots to all faculty, staff and retirees from Monday, Sept. 21 through Oct. 19. Spouses and dependent children (8 years and older) enrolled in the University’s BlueCross BlueShield medical plan are also eligible. In addition to various clinics on campus for current employees, Wake Forest will offer a drive-through flu shot location at LJVM Coliseum to accommodate off-site colleagues, retirees and family members. Green chat bubble surrounded by yellow lined papers

Employees can view the Mandatory Influenza Vaccine Policy here and get information about clinic dates and registration, how to request an exemption and how to submit documentation for off-campus flu shots on the designated human resources page.

COVID-19 Dashboard update

Beginning Sept. 8, the COVID-19 Dashboard has been updated with the number of cases in the past two weeks, a sliding date range to view case numbers within a specific period and stacked, daily bars differentiating faculty and staff from students. Learn more and view the Dashboard on the Our Way Forward website.

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Safety reminder regarding fire alarms and building evacuations

The following message is sent on behalf of the Office of Environmental Health and Safety:

In the event of a fire alarm on campus, it is important to follow current health and safety guidelines for face coverings and social distancing when exiting the building. It is good practice to keep a mask readily accessible, especially at night.

When a fire alarm activates, all occupants of the building are required to evacuate. Please put on a face mask if accessible and exit the building. Try to maintain six feet of distance between yourself and others as you exit, as well as when gathering outside the building.

For those in isolation and quarantine, it is imperative to wear a mask and maintain distance when exiting the building and when gathering outside until the emergency is over.

Rena Willis, staff member, has died

We are saddened to announce that Rena Willis, who worked as a desk clerk in the indoor tennis center, died Sept 9.

Willis previously worked for several years in the Information Systems Department. An obituary appeared in the Winston-Salem Journal Sept. 16. A memorial service will be held Sept. 26, at 1 p.m. at United Family Church in Lewisville.

We extend our condolences to her family and friends, as well as those at Wake Forest who had the opportunity to know her.

Wake Forest offers support and counseling services for all students, faculty and staff. The Counseling Center may be reached at 336.758.5273; the Chaplain’s Office at 336.758.5210. For faculty and staff, there is also the Employee Assistance Program at 336.716.5493.

Striving for inclusive excellence: RIDE workshops

On June 9, 2020, Wake Forest University officially launched its Inclusive Excellence Framework, called RIDE: Realizing Inclusion, Diversity and Equity. To further engage campus leadership working toward inclusive excellence at Wake Forest, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) will offer several learning opportunities to dive deeper into the framework.Flyer for the Realizing Inclusion, Diversity and Equity fall workshops

Getting Ready to RIDE: Inclusive Excellence at WFU

This 25-minute online session is an introduction to “all things RIDE.” The video, embedded near the top of the RIDE website, provides an overview of Wake Forest’s framework for inclusive excellence, as well as the tools and resources available to individuals, departments, organizations and institutional leaders striving toward that goal. This asynchronous session is available online and can be taken individually or with your team at any time.

Inclusive Excellence for Leaders: Realizing Inclusion, Diversity and Equity

Intended for leaders and those responsible for leading diversity, inclusion and equity efforts within their organization or department, this 90-minute session is the second in the RIDE workshop series. The first session, “Getting Ready to RIDE,” is strongly recommended but not required as a prerequisite. The ODI will offer a workshop for faculty and staff leaders, as well as a workshop designed for student leaders.

Visit the PDC website for more information and to register for the Inclusive Excellence for Faculty/Staff Leaders: Realizing Inclusion, Diversity and Equity workshop.

You can direct student leaders to the PDC student workshop page for more information and registration.

Brian Colson, transportation & parking services staff member, has died

We are saddened to announce that Brian Colson, a member of the transportation and parking services staff, died early this morning.

Colson joined Wake Forest’s staff in 2017 and worked as a shuttle driver.

We grieve his death and extend our condolences to his family and friends, as well as those at Wake Forest who had the opportunity to know him.

Information about a service for Colson will be announced to faculty, staff and students once his family has made arrangements.

Wake Forest offers support and counseling services for all students, faculty and staff. The Counseling Center may be reached at 336-758-5273 and the Chaplain’s Office at 336-758-5210. For faculty and staff, there is also the Employee Assistance Program at 336-716-5493.

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