"Office of Civic and Community Engagement" Archive

Updates from HR: Benefits enrollment, inclusive hiring support, voting

Annual Benefits Enrollment Side view of Reynolda Hall, framed by fall leaves

Annual Benefits Enrollment will open in Workday on Monday, Oct. 19 and run through Saturday, Oct. 31, for benefits effective Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2021. Faculty and staff must act to enroll if changing benefit elections, adding or removing a dependent(s) or planning to enroll or re-enroll in a Flexible Spending Account (FSA).

Learn more on the Wake Forest human resources website.

Inclusive search and selection strategies

In response to President Hatch’s charge to address bias and equity in the hiring process, the Professional Development Center (PDC) is now offering online modules and virtual labs to assist with an inclusive search and selection process for faculty and staff positions.

Visit the PDC website to access course offerings and learn more about the University’s guiding philosophy and support resources.

Administrative leave for voting

Colleagues who plan to vote in the upcoming election are encouraged to take advantage of early voting, beginning Oct. 15. Department leaders may grant time away from work for staff to vote and will find details in the Administrative Leave and Release Time policy.

Faculty and staff are also invited to join a virtual conversation with Wake Washington for “Will My Vote Count? Securing the 2020 Election” on Wednesday, Oct. 21, from 1-2 p.m.

Learn more about voting resources on the Office of Civic and Community Engagement website.

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OCCE announces recipients of 2020 Service Awards

The Office of Civic & Community Engagement (OCCE) has, recently, announced the winners of its 2020 Service Awards in student, faculty and staff, and community partner categories.

The OCCE Service Awards recognize students, faculty, staff, and members of the community who have successfully and effectively worked to create meaningful social change around a particular issue, either on campus or in the Winston-Salem community.

Dani Parker-Moore, assistant professor of education, was given the Faculty Service Excellence Award.  It is presented to faculty that represent the Pro Humanitate Teacher-Scholar ideal through their service to the broader community.  According to OCCE’s announcement, “As the executive director of the Wake Forest Freedom School, Parker-Moore has applied her researched best practices into life-changing programs for underserved students in Winston-Salem.”

Dwight Lewis, associate athletic director for community and alumni relations, received the Michael G. Ford Servant Leadership Award. It is intended to recognize a staff member who carries on the legacy of servant leadership demonstrated throughout Ford’s life, professionally and personally. OCCE’s announcement states that “Lewis has worked tirelessly to cultivate Wake Forest student-athletes into both civic and community leaders throughout his time with the Demon Deacons, providing endless service opportunities in the spirit of Pro Humanitate.”

OCCE presented its Community Partner Service Award to Mia Parker, parental involvement coordinator at Kimberly Park Elementary School.

The following student awards were given:

  • Christman Award; Grace Yucha, senior
  • Change-Maker Award; Alexander Holt, senior
  • Junior Service Excellence Award; Lilly Parker
  • Sophomore Service Excellence Award; Kate Pearson
  • First-Year Service Excellence Award; Jayden Brown

Wake ‘N Shake, the University’s largest student-run philanthropic event, received the Student Organization Service Excellence Award.

More information about the awards is available here.

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Shelley Sizemore to speak at Jan. 8 Staff Advisory Council meeting

Shelley Sizemore, director of community partnerships in the Office of Civic & Community Engagement (OCCE), will speak at the Jan. 8 meeting of the Staff Advisory Council (SAC). She will share news about the office and discuss ways that staff can connect with our local community.

The SAC’s January meeting will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the Z. Smith Reynolds Library Auditorium, Room 404, fourth floor. The meeting is open to staff and others.

The meeting and event schedule for the SAC is available on its website.

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WFU receives 'Silver Seal for Excellence in Student Voter Engagement'

News from the Office of Civic and Community Engagement

Wake Forest University received a “Silver Seal for Excellence in Student Voter Engagement” at the 2019 ALL IN Challenge Awards Ceremony held to recognize colleges and universities committed to increasing college student voting rates.

“Wake Forest is thrilled to receive this recognition, and our students get the credit for taking the actions that spurred these increases,” said Penny Rue, vice president for campus life. “ A Wake Forest education in the spirit of Pro Humanitate is designed to foster civic engagement, and our students are better prepared to be active citizens through the engaged liberal arts.”

Student participation in elections increased from the 2014 midterm election to the recent 2018 midterm election. According to the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement, an initiative of Tufts University’s Institute for Democracy & Higher Education, voter turnout at the more than 1,000 institutions participating in the study increased by 21 points from 19% to 40%

Read more on the Office of Civic and Community Engagement website.

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Office of Civic & Community Engagement reflects expanded Pro Humanitate commitment

There’s no mistaking the purpose of the Office of Civic & Community Engagement as Wake Forest’s central hub for community-based activities, including service, teaching and research. 

The recently reconfigured office combines the spirit of Wake Forest’s beloved Pro Humanitate motto with a new name, website and physical footprint that reflect its mission to engage community partners, faculty, staff, and students to affect meaningful social change.

“The Office of Civic & Community Engagement builds on the work of generations of Wake Forest students, faculty and staff by maintaining our philanthropic and service traditions, supporting new and existing community partnerships, and refining our commitment to civic learning and social justice education,” said Marianne Magjuka, executive director of the Office of Civic & Community Engagement and Assistant Dean of Students. 

The rollout is the culmination of a yearlong community engagement mapping project to better understand how Wake Forest is engaged beyond campus. Faculty and staff identified 86 distinct programs, initiatives or projects supporting community-based service, engagement, research or teaching. 

More information available here.

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