International Education Week (IEW) 2020 begins Monday, Nov. 16. IEW celebrates the benefits of internationalization on campuses across the U.S. It serves as a reminder that college and university campuses play a special part in shaping the awareness of our role in the global village. Wake Forest University faculty, staff and students are encouraged to explore the value of education abroad, the richness that is brought into our classrooms and departments by international faculty, staff and students, and the benefits derived from all international programs on campus.
The Center for Global Programs and Studies and co-sponsors invite the Wake Forest community to participate in a wide variety of events Nov. 16-20 celebrating international education all week long. Co-sponsors include the Intercultural Center, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Museum of Anthropology, Campus Recreation and the University Counseling Center.
View the full list of campus and virtual events on the Global Wake Forest website.
The following is a guest post from the Intercultural Center:
On November 4, 2019, we celebrated the unveiling and dedication of the Wake Forest University Indigenous Land Acknowledgment plaque honoring the indigenous peoples and tribal nations that call our campus their homelands. This year, we are happy to share a Land Acknowledgment Statement that can be used by all members of the community to open events or gatherings at Wake Forest or affiliated events:
“This statement honors the land on which Wake Forest University now resides and the land on which the original campus resided. This land served for centuries as a place for exchange and interaction for Indigenous peoples, specifically Saura (saw-ra), Catawba (ka-tah-buh), Cherokee (chair-o-kee), and Lumbee (lum-bee) in this location and Shakori (shu-kor-ee), Eno (ee-no), Sissipahaw (sis-suh-pa-hah), and Occaneechi (oak-a-nee-chee) in the original campus location. Today Wake Forest continues to be a place of learning and engagement for Indigenous students, faculty, and staff regionally, nationally, and globally.”
To learn more about land acknowledgements, visit the U.S. Department of Arts & Culture’s “Honor Native Land: A Guide and Call to Acknowledgement.”
All are invited to join the Intercultural Center for an iLab Lunch & Learn event on Monday, Nov. 16, titled “Decolonization in Higher Education: What It Means and Why Indigenization Matters.”
Visit the Intercultural Center for a full schedule of events celebrating Native American Heritage Month at Wake Forest University.
The Intercultural Center (IC) is excited to announce a new mission and expanded services for the Wake Forest community.
The Intercultural Center strives to influence campus culture by cultivating intercultural knowledge, competency and leadership. We are committed to enhancing the experience of domestic and international underrepresented groups by offering co-curricular programming, student support and engagement, identity development initiatives and opportunities for comprehensive learning and development.
In addition to already existing Intercultural Programming, Student Support & Engagement, and Identity Development initiatives,the IC is expanding to include new Learning and Development opportunities including iLab, which offers interactive workshops and online resources designed to support faculty, staff and students in increasing their [inter]cultural awareness and interpersonal effectiveness.
The initiative supports the University’s mission by fostering intersectional awareness and understanding and empowering all members of the Wake Forest community to become more inclusive.
The following message was emailed on Feb. 7 to students, faculty and staff on behalf of Vice President for Campus Life Penny Rue by Wake Forest Communications and External Relations:
To the Wake Forest Community,
In recent weeks, worldwide attention has focused on an illness that, until recently, was unknown to us—the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Despite all that we have read or heard about it, the virus and how it may affect our daily lives may not be entirely clear. Unfortunately, that can lead to unsettling levels of fear and anxiety. With that in mind, I send this message with thoughts of care for all in our Wake Forest community.
University departments are actively monitoring the situation, including the Student Health Service, the Center for Global Programs and Studies, the Incident Management Team, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Office of the Dean of the College, University Police, Emergency Service, and more. The ongoing concern of all involved is for the health and safety of Wake Forest students, faculty, and staff.
On occasion, the University may e-mail an update to the campus community. All are encouraged to visit a new Wake Forest website focused on providing the latest information about 2019-nCoV. The site provides links to excellent sources of information, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For instance, students, faculty, and staff who will be traveling outside of the United States should review this website for important information regarding the University’s travel-related policies and procedures.
Wake Forest is aware that 2019-nCoV has increased in scope and intensity internationally. As of today, February 7, there are no cases in North Carolina. Nationally, a small number of cases have been reported. The risk to the Wake Forest community is low.
As the University monitors 2019-nCoV, we will continue to follow recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.
At Wake Forest, we are keenly aware that misinformation can emerge, spread and create considerable unrest in our campus community. It has been widely reported that fear of the virus has already sparked biased sentiment against Chinese people. On campus, our own students who have travelled here from China to study are aware of this unsettling and unacceptable development in countries around the world, including the United States. We encourage members of the university community to report any incidents of bias through the bias reporting system; we are here to support any member of our community if they experience acts of bias.
Wake Forest stands ready to offer support to students, faculty, and staff who may be experiencing stress, fear, or worry. Resources available include:
- Office of Diversity and Inclusion
- Intercultural Center
- University Counseling Center
- Office of the Chaplain
- CARE Team
- University Police
International students may also choose to speak with staff in Global Programs and Studies. All encouraged to take advantage of these caring resources, if needed.
Meanwhile, the University encourages students, faculty, and staff to stay informed about 2019-nCoV.
Penny Rue, PhD
Vice President, Campus Life
The following is a guest post from the Intercultural Center:
A month of Native American Awareness Month events and activities will begin Nov. 4 and continue until November 22 at Wake Forest.
Wake Forest’s Intercultural Center and the Native American Student Association have announced the detailed schedule on the center’s website. Kicking off the month will be the WFU Indigenous Land Acknowledgment which will honor the land on which Wake Forest University now resides and the land on which the original campus resided. There will be an unveiling of the plaque, representatives from the North Carolina Tribal Nations, as well as performances to honor the original inhabitants of the land.
This year’s keynote event will feature Shonda Buchanan. She is the author of five books, an award-winning poet and an educator. Shonda Buchanan is the daughter of Mixed Bloods, tri-racial and tri-ethnic African American, American Indian and European-descendant families who migrated from North Carolina and Virginia in the mid-1700s to 1800s to Southwestern Michigan. Black Indian, her memoir, begins the saga of these migration stories of Free People of Color communities exploring identity, ethnicity, landscape and loss.
Other events and activities planned for the month include the Pop Up Stations in the Pit sponsored by the Harvest Culinary Group; educational documentary screenings; and special topic in recognition of Native American Awareness Month and Trans Advocacy Week learning about Two-Spirit identities and experiences sponsored by the LGBTQ+ Center; and much more.
Details are available on the Intercultural Center site.