"LGBTQ Center" Archive

Updates from HR: COVID-19, parking fees, Data Standard on Names and Gender Markers, workshops and wellbeing

COVID-19 Update Dogwood tree blooming on Hearn Plaza, seen between two Wait Chapel pillars

Yesterday, colleagues received an email from Human Resources with information regarding updates to the PTO policy, the implementation of a PTO leave bank, adjustments to SneezSafe requirements for faculty and staff, and additional direction on redensifying campus.

Parking Fee Waived

Faculty and staff who currently have a vehicle registered for on-campus parking will continue to have their parking fee waived through August 31, 2021.

Hybrid Work Best Practices: Foster Inclusivity

Inclusivity is essential for a successful remote and hybrid work environment. Make sure all participants, remote and on-site, have access to the meeting agenda and resources by attaching them to the calendar invitation and sharing documents prior to the meeting.

Learn more » is.wfu.edu

Weekly Wellbeing Tip: Celebrate and Savor

Typically, we celebrate big milestones and achievements, but what about the small victories along the way? Take some time to acknowledge the big AND small wins, and take note of how you feel.

Learn more » psychologytoday.com

Data Standard on Names and Gender Markers

The Data Standards Working Group is gathering feedback on how our University data systems gather and display information about names and gender markers. Colleagues are encouraged to provide feedback by completing the staff survey or faculty survey.

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Updates from HR: COVID updates, COVID Contributors, social groups and events

COVID Contributors needed

If able, colleagues are encouraged to Show Humanitate by offering their time to assist with the various needs that directly support our students and COVID Initiatives across campus.

Learn more on Our Way Forward. Ice-covered trees in front of the Wait Chapel spire and clock

Our Way Forward updates

Your hub for information and answers to the most frequently asked questions about Wake Forest during the pandemic has been updated with helpful information for faculty and staff, including:

Learn more on the Our Way Forward: Faculty & Staff page.

Employee vaccine survey

Colleagues can self-identify their personal work circumstances, update their response or indicate they have received a vaccine by completing the Employee Survey.

View the COVID-19 vaccine information page on Our Way Forward.

WFQ Lunch Social: Feb. 19

LGBTQ+ identifying faculty and staff are invited to connect with WFQ colleagues for a lunch social. Email lgbtq@wfu.edu to join the WFQ group and get the Zoom link.

Information is available at lgbtq.wfu.edu.

A Woman in the White House: Feb. 23

Wake NOW (Network of Women) and the Wake Washington Center invite colleagues to join a nonpartisan virtual panel to celebrate the historic election of America’s first Black and South Asian-American female Vice President, Kamala Harris.

Register at alumni.wfu.edu.

Caregiver Coffee Break: Feb. 25

Join a judgement free space for parents and caregivers of all genders to share challenges and offer peer support and resources to one another.

Register on the PDC website.

New Ombuds Office established

ICYMI: WFU has established an Ombuds Office as a resource to provide informal, confidential, impartial and independent resolution of conflicts, disputes or issues to all Reynolda Campus faculty and staff.

Read the story on Inside WFU.

Updates from HR: Workshops, Affinity Experience, CARE referrals, retirement contributions and mask distribution

CARE Team: How to report

The Campus Assessment, Response, and Evaluation (CARE) Team serves the University community by evaluating and responding to reports of disruptive, troubling or threatening behaviors and provides referrals to individuals in need of support, guidance or intervention. If you are concerned about a member of the Wake Forest community, please send an email to care@wfu.edu or complete the CARE referral formPhoto at dusk of the stone arch that marks the entrance to Hearn Plaza. "Wake Forest University" and the years 1834, 1956 and 2006 are carved in stone.

Inclusive Excellence for Leaders: Jan. 21

Faculty and staff leaders and those with responsibility for leading diversity, inclusion and equity efforts with their unit are invited to join the Office of Diversity and Inclusion Thursday, Jan. 21, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., for a RIDE Workshop.

Register for this workshop on the PDC website.

Strategies for Trans Inclusion: Jan. 21

Join Dr. AJ Mazaris of the LGBTQ+ Center on Thursday, Jan. 21, from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m., for a conversation about pronouns, chosen names and best practices for classroom inclusion, with a focus on both virtual and in-person teaching spaces.

Register for this conversation on the PDC website.

Spring Affinity Experience: Jan. 28

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is hosting a Spring Affinity Experience on Thursday, Jan. 28, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., to link underrepresented faculty, staff and allies to affinity groups and resources at Wake Forest University to create a sense of belonging and community.

Register for this event on the PDC website.

Mask distribution

Free face coverings are available for faculty and staff pickup at the following locations:

  • Benson Information Desk
  • Environmental Health and Safety Office
  • Reynolds Gym Front Desk
  • School of Business Student Engagement Suite
  • ZSR Library Circulation Desk

If you would like to request masks for your entire department or have questions, contact Jen Haggas at 336.758.5707 or haggasjl@wfu.edu.

Update your retirement contributions

As a reminder, faculty and staff may change their 403(b) retirement contributions at any time by visiting the TIAA website or calling 800.842.2776.

Plan Number: 406897

“Let’s Stop Making the Easy Stuff Hard”

ICYMI: Allison McWilliams, assistant vice president of mentoring and alumni personal and career development, reflects on last week’s events in Psychology Today.

Read the full article on Psychology Today.

SAC updates: January 2021

Staff Advisory Council logo

The Staff Advisory Council (SAC) shared news about upcoming Wake Forest University events and workshops for faculty and staff, including:

  • The 2020 WakeUnited Campaign
  • D.E.A.C. (Developing Empowering, Affirming Communities) Allies workshops, offered by the LGBTQ+ Center
  • R.I.D.E. (Realizing Inclusion, Equity and Diversity) workshops, presented by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion
  • Wellness and movement programs, offered by the Office of Wellbeing
  • The WFU Healthy Weight for You program, offered by HELPS

View highlights below, and visit the SAC website to read the full newsletter.

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13 members of Wake Forest community honored for completion of CORE program

This is a guest post from Human Resources:

2018 CORE honorees

During a recognition luncheon on March 2, 13 members of the Wake Forest community were presented with plaques honoring their completion of the CORE program.  Colleagues and supervisors were in attendance to help congratulate the honorees.  This year’s plaques were made from reclaimed wood from an oak tree that stood on the grounds of the President’s Home.  Many thanks to the Facilities and Campus Services Construction Team for making these unique and special awards!

The 2018 CORE Honorees include:

Mark Anderson, University Advancement CORE Leader
Ashley Graham Phipps, Employer Relations
Sonya Izzard, Student Financial Services
Christy Lennon, Human Resources
Kayla Lisenby, LGBTQ Center (not pictured)
Sharon Lunsford, School of Business CORE AP
Travis Manning, Z. Smith Reynolds Library
Kim McGrath, University Advancement CORE Leader
Lisa Simmons, Employer Relations
Darlene Starnes, Intercultural Center (not pictured)
Lauren Trethaway, Student Financial Services CORE Leader (not pictured)
Cheryl Walker, University Advancement CORE Leader
Denise Williard, Residence Life and Housing

CORE, which stands for “Cultivating our Organization to Realize Excellence,” was launched in September of 2011.  CORE is built around 5 competencies that are meaningful and relevant to our campus:  communication, community, leadership, organizational acumen, and personal progression.

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