With collective and sustained effort, many members of the Wake Forest community have worked together—students, faculty, staff, administrators and alumni—to make steady progress on issues of social justice, diversity and inclusion, fair and effective law enforcement, and other issues that require institutional and cultural change.
We are grateful to the members of our community who are invested in creating solutions to the challenges that face our campus and the broader society. Many have called for us to do better and be better, and we will.
In order to communicate directly with those of you who have made recommendations, demands, or commitments, as well as all interested Wake Foresters, we have developed a new website, Community in Progress, as a central place to keep abreast of the commitments and actions that are moving Wake Forest toward the goal of making our community one that always recognizes and values the inherent worth and dignity of each person.
We call it Community in Progress because it requires our ongoing commitment. By documenting what has been done by so many across campus, and outlining clear plans for more positive changes related to admissions, communications, curriculum & faculty engagement, orientation, space, student engagement, policing and strategic management, we will keep everyone informed and mark our progress.
I am encouraged by the steps forward, but also recognize the disheartening incidents that threaten to disrupt our community’s momentum. When individual acts of bias and intolerance occur, we must not let these deter us from collective progress.
Thank you for all your efforts intended to make Wake Forest a better place and for holding all of us accountable for continued progress.