"Multicultural Affairs" Archive

Intercultural, LGBTQ and Women's centers announce expansions

In March, the Intercultural Center, LGBTQ Center and Women’s Center offices will begin renovations to increase the size and visibility of their spaces.

The decision to expand the centers is a result of ongoing conversation between senior administrators and students, faculty and staff around how best to create an equitable environment that meets the needs of our diverse campus community.

“The Benson University Center is an incubator of student development, creativity and involvement,” said Barbee Oakes, chief diversity officer at Wake Forest. “Expanding our cultural spaces and aligning them alongside our units responsible for student wellbeing and engagement centers identity and cultural competence in the deep, holistic experience we want to create for our students.” Read more

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Chinese Lunar New Year to be celebrated on campus Feb. 13

36bfceadf40c74aeac04b8039b4b83cd5c790fb4The Chinese Lunar New Year Festival will be held at The Barn from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 13.  The event is free and open to the public.

Organizers extended an invitation with the following message:

Come and celebrate Chinese New Year’s here at Wake Forest.  Have a taste of traditional home-cooked food that represents the holiday, witness and be entertained by a variety of live performances provided by our (Wake Forest) students and the community as well as have fun with all the activities and games.

ASIA (Asian Student Interest Group) has organized the event with support from several University departments, including East Asian Languages and Cultures, as well as Multicultural Affairs.

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Barbee Oakes named University's first chief diversity officer

Dr. Barbee Oakes, Director, Wake Forest Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Barbee Oakes, chief diversity officer

Barbee Oakes, one of the most recognized leaders in Wake Forest diversity and inclusion initiatives, has been promoted to a new position expanding her opportunities to advance those efforts.

Recently, Oakes was appointed as Wake Forest’s first chief diversity officer. She retains her assistant provost title and responsibilities, developed over her six years in that role.

“As our first chief diversity officer, Barbee is beautifully positioned to advance strategic planning and execution of Wake Forest’s diversity and inclusion initiatives,” said Provost Rogan Kersh. “She will confer regularly with the president’s cabinet, deans, governance boards and the larger campus community on issues involving the University’s progress on inclusive excellence initiatives.”

Oakes has her sights set on several high-priority goals for this year and beyond.

“Continuing to proactively address campus climate issues remains a very high University priority this year,” Oakes said. “With increased diversity, the challenges we face in establishing policies, programs and practices to ensure everyone feels included become more complex and nuanced.”

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Staff Advisory Council announces 2015 election results

SAC-logo-FINALThe Staff Advisory Council (SAC) is pleased to announce the results of the 2015 spring election. Thirteen new SAC representatives from across the University staff have been elected. New council members are: Landon Burrow (FACS: Maintenance Team 4), James Coffey (FACS: Custodial Services), Lou Gusbar (School of Business- Student Academic Services), Lauren Largen (Graylyn: Ads & Promotions), Sherry Long (Athletics: Student Athletes Services), Ellie Shannon (Athletics: Administration), Shelley Sizemore (Campus Life), Darlene Starnes (Multicultural Affairs), Barbara Stephens-Macri (Human Resources), Amanda Tingle (Dean of Wake Forest College), Amalia Wagner (Office of the Provost), Sandra Whicker (Admissions: Undergraduate), and Sarah Wojcik-Gross (Information Systems).

In addition to newly elected representatives, Artanzia Yates (Information Systems) and Scott Spernoga (Athletics: Sports Medicine) have been re-elected to serve an additional term. Each SAC representative will serve a term of three years and may be re-elected to serve one additional term.

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April 2015 faculty and staff milestones

Jeffrey Adair, manager at ZSR Library, and Anita Hughes, executive assistant to Provost Rogan Kersh, are celebrating 30 years of service to Wake Forest. Find out who else is celebrating a milestone anniversary this month.

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