This month, Wake Forest University faculty, staff and students launched a new multidisciplinary research initiative called the Race, Inequality and Policy Initiative (RIPI). RIPI is a multidisciplinary group created to support research, teaching and community engagement activities that address racial, ethnic and gender inequities.
RIPI will offer faculty research seminars, race and policy conferences, free opportunities to hear relevant speakers and a student-led mentoring program.
More information is available on the RIPI website, including information on fall speakers. A virtual library with materials on inequalities in the criminal justice system, immigration, education, environmental policy and housing is available on the site, as well as educational information on racism and implicit bias.
The Race, Inequality and Policy Initiative can be found on Twitter @race_policy
Reminder: Annual Benefits Enrollment ends October 31.
The final day to enroll for benefits or to elect a Flexible Spending Account for the 2021 plan year is this Saturday, October 31. Individuals need to enroll if changing benefit elections, adding or removing a dependent(s), or planning to participate in a Flexible Spending Account (FSA). FSA elections do not automatically renew from one year to the next. They require active enrollment each plan year.
Wake Forest University Human Resources colleagues are available for one-on-one virtual benefits enrollment assistance through Friday, October 30. Email askHR@nullwfu.edu or call 336.758.4700 to schedule a time to meet.
Presidential Search: Get involved
On October 13, President Hatch announced his intention to step down at the end of the academic year. The Presidential Search Committee welcomes insight and feedback from the Wake Forest community and invites colleagues to participate in a survey or join a listening session.
Visit the presidential search website to learn more and get involved.
A message from Provost Rogan Kersh and Executive Vice President Hof Milam to faculty and staff:
As you know, we are making a deliberate and incremental shift to “Orange” status on campus, on the considered advice of our public health experts and academic/administrative leaders. To provide further health and safety details we will hold an all-faculty/staff forum tomorrow, Friday, October 23, from 4 – 5 p.m.
Please join if you are able. As with past faculty and staff forums, this forum will require participants to join using their Wake Forest Zoom account to increase security. Zoom information was emailed to faculty and staff today.
Many thanks for your continued extraordinary efforts to keep our students and one another safe during this most surreal of semesters.
Executive Vice President
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A message from Vice President for Information Technology & CIO Mur Muchane:
Dear Wake Forest community,
With early voting currently taking place in Forsyth County and the national election right around the corner, there may be a spike in attempts to disrupt our community and fan the flames of discord. According to national law enforcement officials, these attempts are most likely to occur through electronic means. Email messages sent to individuals and groups are the most difficult to guard against.
Our systems work to filter emails containing viruses and malware, but the threat landscape is constantly evolving. Be cautious when opening attachments or links sent to you by email. In particular, ensure the email has been sent from an address you recognize.
Please review the Security Essentials page of the Information Systems website to protect your data, your account and your identity. In addition, zoom bombings remain a risk on college campuses. Be sure to follow the privacy and security practices for teleconferencing to secure your online meetings.
While our information security systems help protect us from those attempting to harm us through technical means, our systems do not filter emails for content. Should you receive an email with threatening or offensive language, please follow the steps outlined in the policy for targeted biased, intimidating or harassing communications.
As we work together to protect ourselves and our community, I will remind you of the many sources of emotional support available to us, including the University Counseling Center (336.758.5273), the Chaplain’s Office (336.758.5210) and the Employee Assistance Program (336.716.5493).
If you have questions concerning this message or need assistance, please contact Information Security at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your heightened vigilance.