The Wake Forest University Office of Diversity and Inclusion invites faculty and staff to join a virtual Spring Affinity Experience on Thursday, Jan. 28, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The event will be facilitated by Assistant Vice President for Inclusive Practice Malika Roman Isler and will include community updates and breakout room affinity spaces.
The Spring Affinity Experience will link underrepresented faculty, staff and allies to affinity groups and resources at Wake Forest University to support a sense of belonging and community.
Current affinity/identity spaces include:
- African-American Women
- Parent and Caregivers
- African-American Men
Visit the PDC website to view full event details and register to join.
The Office of the Provost will host a joint faculty-staff update on Wednesday, Dec. 16, from 4 to 5 p.m. with a focus on public health and safety. A link to join the virtual meeting was emailed to faculty and staff on Tuesday, Dec. 15.
The following message is shared on behalf of 88.5 WFDD:
88.5 WFDD launched its 12th Annual BackPack Campaign on GivingTuesday, and will go live on air for three days, beginning Tuesday, Dec. 8, to count down to its 1,300 backpack goal. This special fund drive not only supports access to fact-based journalism and trustworthy reporting for everyone in the station’s 32-county coverage area, it also helps feed children in the region who are facing food insecurity, thanks to a partnership with Kaplan Early Learning Company and Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina.
For every gift to 88.5 WFDD, no matter the amount, Kaplan Early Learning Company will fill a backpack of food for a child at risk of hunger, through Second Harvest’s BackPack Program. The Piedmont region ranks among the worst in the nation for childhood food insecurity, and the pandemic has worsened the statistic. Currently, 1 in 4 children in our community faces food insecurity.
Over the last 11 years, WFDD’s BackPack Campaign has worked with partners to fill over 10,000 backpacks of food for children in need–that equates to more than 41,000 meals. Now in its 12th year, the campaign will add another 1,300 backpacks to that total, with help from Kaplan, Second Harvest Food Bank and listeners.
The fund drive will be live on air Dec. 8-10 to count down to the goal, and every gift, no matter the amount, results in a backpack of food for a child who needs it.
More information is available here.
In October 2019, Wake Forest University housekeeping staff, arborists, turf crew members, locksmiths and carpenters were among nearly 70 staff members who participated in “From the Ground Up,” an original dance performance held on Hearn Plaza. Directed by Allison Orr (’93) of Forklift Danceworks in Austin, the production elevated the dedicated people whose skillful work often goes unseen.
To commemorate the anniversary of this groundbreaking event, IdeasCityWS will host a “Beta Bonfire” panel discussion on Thursday, Dec. 10 at 5 p.m., looking back at the production through the lens of workforce development. Christina Soriano, associate provost for the arts and interdisciplinary initiatives associate professor, will moderate the virtual conversation.
- Allison Orr, Founder and artistic director of Forklift Danceworks in Austin, Texas;
- John Shenette, Vice president of Facilities and Campus Services at Wake Forest University;
- Stephanie Poskin, Senior director of Wake Forest Facilities Support Services & Operations;
- Kobak Taylor, “From the Ground Up” performer and Wake Forest Facilities and Campus Services locksmith;
- Cynthia Wilson, “From the Ground Up” performer and Wake Forest custodial department team lead; and
- Matt Crawford, Senior theatre major from Austin, TX, and a student leader on the “From the Ground Up” project.
A documentary that captures the spirit of the performances is available for viewing as background for the discussion.
The event is free and open to the public. Registration is available here.
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections & Archives will host a virtual launch party for Ed Wilson’s latest book, “Songs of Wake Forest,” on Friday, Dec. 11. The event will appear live on YouTube from 3:30 to 5 p.m. and feature readings from Wilson and reflections on the book’s creation.
Wilson’s relationship with Wake Forest, which began when he entered the College in 1939, has continued for more than eight decades. Throughout his tenure, he has paid tribute to many in the Wake Forest family whose lives have intersected with his. “Songs of Wake Forest” celebrates the University’s ideals, as well as those whose character and contributions have helped to shape its course through today.
Registration is required for this free event.