Wake Forest University Police Chief Regina Lawson is among eight Winston-Salem area law enforcement leaders in Forsyth County who signed a joint statement today affirming a “commitment to creating a safe, secure and inclusive community for every citizen.”
Statement From Winston-Salem Area Law Enforcement Officials
June 3, 2020
After watching the tragic events and reactions unfold across the United States, we, the Winston-Salem area college and university police chiefs, in collaboration with Winston-Salem Police Chief Catrina A. Thompson, Forsyth County Sheriff Bobby F. Kimbrough Jr., and District Attorney Jim O’Neill, want to reiterate our commitment to creating a safe, secure and inclusive community for every citizen.
What happened to George Floyd on May 25 directly contradicts the values of our departments and ignores the intrinsic value of every human being. The behavior of the officers involved in Mr. Floyd’s death does not represent the practices of all law enforcement nor does it reflect the principles and practices of our departments. Racism and excessive force have no place and should not be tolerated in any law enforcement agency. It will not be tolerated in our departments.
You can expect all members of our departments to continue to be held to high standards. We will speak up against any violation of our values and principles; we will continue to have stringent hiring and training practices that emphasize community policing and accountability, compliant with professional standards; and we will ensure all officers are mentored and trained to identify and combat action motivated by racism and hatred.
Our commitment to our communities is that we will value all people we have been called to serve and protect. Driven by our core values of integrity, compassion and respect for every human being, we will continue to support and ensure campus communities are welcoming, inclusive and safe for all. Our work is not done until we help create a high quality of life for every individual in our care.
Congratulations to Gloria Muday, professor of biology, and Joelle Muhlemann, postdoctoral associate, whose proposal entitled “Improving reproductive thermotolerance through maintenance of ROS homeostasis” has been funded by the United States Department of Agriculture.
Congratulations to Jack Rejeski, research professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Intervening on sedentary behavior to prevent weight regain in older adults” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and by (subaward/subcontract from) WFU Health Sciences.
Congrats to David Carroll, professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Phase II: Room Temperature Quantum Memory” has been funded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and by (subaward/subcontract from) Streamline Automation, LLC.
The following message was e-mailed to faculty and staff on June 1 from Provost Rogan Kersh and Executive Vice President Hof Milam.
Preparations continue for the possibility of a partial reopening of campus this fall; we are grateful for the engagement of so many faculty and staff members in helping shape the complex decisions involved.
To aid in this vital effort, please find here a brief anonymous survey regarding your on-campus work preferences for this fall. It should take fewer than five minutes to complete; please respond by noon on June 4. The survey will remain open after that and the initial responses will be vital for planning purposes. Individual responses will be held by Human Resources and the collective responses will help inform initial planning for the fall.
Of course much remains uncertain at this point, but – as underscored in continuing forums and discussions across campus – the safety of you and fellow-colleagues, and of our students and the surrounding community, is paramount. In the coming weeks, we will be able to share plans for employee health services to support infection prevention and control. All of these health and safety resources and policies will be available on a new site dedicated to this effort.
Many thanks for your willingness to complete this brief initial survey. We will provide additional opportunities for input in the coming months.
If you have trouble with the survey link, copy and paste this into your browser: https://wakeforest.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8ptAK8lenqZC7vD.]
Congratulations to Jack Rejeski, research professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Long-term function and health effects of intentional weight loss in obese elders” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and by (subaward/subcontract from) WFU Health Sciences.
Congratulations to Paul Anderson, professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Studies relating to black hole evaporation and to the validity of the semiclassical approximation in cosmology” has been funded by the National Science Foundation.
Congratulations to Sarah Mason, associate professor of mathematics and statistics, whose proposal entitled “Conference in Formal Power Series and Algebraic Combinatorics” has been funded by the National Science Foundation.
Congratulations to Fred Salsbury, professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Computational Biosciences Support” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and by (subaward/subcontract from) WFU Health Sciences.
Congratulations to Jeffrey Katula, associate professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Strategic Grant – U.S. POINTER Study” has been funded by the Alzheimer’s Association and by (subaward/subcontract from) Rush University Medical Center.
Congratulations to Christian Waugh, associate professor of psychology, whose proposal entitled “Aging, Emotion Regulation, and Stress” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health – NIH and by (subaward/subcontract from) DePaul University.