The award is traditionally presented to a student and a professor or administrator from both Wake Forest and Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) who exemplify King’s qualities and promote diversity within the community. This year, one campus leader and two students were recognized at Wake Forest.
In addition to his work as an instructional librarian, Hu Womack is a faculty fellow for South Hall and an academic adviser. He hosts a Thanksgiving lunch for students unable to travel home for the holiday season, works to create programs that are helpful and engaging to first year students and shares his time and energy supporting and mentoring members of Wake Forest’s LGBTQ community. He is beloved by students, faculty and staff alike for his helpfulness and cheerfulness and his commitment to building a community that values everyone. Womack, who earned his undergraduate degree from Wake Forest in 1990 and his MBA in 2000, has been a full-time employee in the Z. Smith Reynolds library for more than 20 years.
Faculty, staff and students at Wake Forest submit “Building the Dream” award nominations for their respective universities and a committee of representatives from each school selects winners. The recipients were recognized at an annual banquet celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. held at Wake Forest on Jan. 20.
Senior Nehemiah Rolle from Atlanta, a politics and international affairs major, is an active leader in The Roosevelt Institute at Wake Forest, a student-led, student-run organization dedicated to progressive public policy change and idea empowerment. He is also an associate editor of the Wake Forest Journal of International Affairs and is a resident adviser. He has a love for all things intercultural and a passion for making the world a better place.
Senior Joe LeDuc from Spokane, Wash., also a politics and international affairs major, serves as a steering committee member of “Forward Together,” Wake Forest’s interest group of the NAACP. He champions inclusiveness and justice for all members of the campus community — inspiring others to recognize their own ability to make their community a better place not just for themselves but also for humanity.