The following message was emailed to students, faculty and staff on September 19, 2019
Last week, an unknown individual or individuals with malicious intent sought to spread a message of bigotry, division and fear among members of our campus community through emails sent to seven members of our faculty and staff and five offices on campus. Our faculty and staff have worked to protect everyone on our campus while striving to preserve the integrity of the investigation.
We hear the questions posed by some of our students: can you see us, can you hear us, do you understand our lived experiences? Yes, we see you. Yes, we hear you. And, no, we cannot fully understand what some of you are enduring.
The emails, steeped in the vitriol of white supremacy and nationalism, were sent to individual and office inboxes associated with the Department of Sociology, the Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the LGBTQ+ Center, and the Intercultural Center. These emails have hurt, scared, threatened, angered, and confused many on our campus in different ways. This cuts at the core of who we are at Wake Forest and impacts us all.
While none of the emails contained actionable threats or detailed a specific attack on our campus, they still managed to elicit the fear the sender intended. Wake Forest consulted with law enforcement and national threat assessment experts — including the FBI’s leading experts on domestic terrorism, white nationalism, and hate crimes — before deciding to continue classes and normal University operations. The increased police presence on campus and enhanced security measures will continue while the investigation proceeds.
Our decision to continue classes does not diminish the real emotions and concern some in our community still feel. We pledge to stand by all our students, staff and faculty when they experience hate and discrimination of any kind. We will revise protocols where necessary and improve on the processes that we know are effective. We must remember who we are as a caring and supportive community and move forward in the spirit of those values.
There are many sources of support for those of you who are affected by these hateful emails. The University Counseling Center (336-758-5273), the Chaplain’s Office (336-758-5210) and the Employee Assistance Program (336-716-5493) are invaluable resources, as are our friendships and circles of personal support. Please continue to look out for each other.
Nathan Hatch, President
Rogan Kersh, Provost
Jane Aiken, Dean of the School of Law
Michele Gillespie, Dean of the College
Charles Iacovou, Dean of the School of Business
Penny Rue, Vice President for Campus Life
José Villalba, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion
Jonathan Walton, Dean of the School of Divinity
The seventh President’s Ball will be held Friday, Sept. 15 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Coliseum.
The biennial ball began in 2005 to celebrate the inauguration of President Nathan O. Hatch, and brings together hundreds of Wake Forest community members during Homecoming weekend.
The semi-formal event is open to students, faculty, staff and alumni, who may also bring guests. No tickets or preregistration is required, but current Wake Forest community members are required to bring their Wake Forest ID.
The President’s Ball will feature live music, free hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.
Parking will be free at the Coliseum. Complimentary shuttles will be running continuously from the Reynolda campus, behind Poteat Residence Hall (Parking Lot P), beginning at 8:30 p.m.
For further questions, please contact Brittany Helms, co-chair of the student planning committee, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A quarter century after it was published, scholars are still talking about the award-winning book, “The Democratization of American Christianity,” written by Wake Forest University President Nathan O. Hatch.
To mark the book’s 25th anniversary, Wake Forest will host a half-day symposium Feb. 6 featuring seven of the country’s most distinguished scholars of early American religion reflecting on the influence of the book.
The event will run from noon to 4:30 p.m. in Farrell Hall’s Broyhill Auditorium and is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. A detailed schedule is posted on the symposium website.
President Nathan Hatch concluded his two-year tenure as chair of the NCAA Division I Board of Directors last week and was honored for guiding a transformative restructuring of the top division’s governance system.
The reorganization grants student-athletes voting representation at all levels of decision-making and will ultimately allow schools with the greatest financial resources a greater degree of autonomy from other Division I members in specific policy areas. Changes include allowing the NCAA’s top conferences to offer additional aid to athletes and strengthen the value of scholarships.
“It has been my honor to serve as chair during a period that, from most perspectives, has been a challenging and pivotal time for both college athletics and the NCAA,” said Hatch. “I am proud of what we have accomplished together as we move into this new era of autonomy.”
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Mary Robinson, President of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice will speak at Wake Forest University at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 26 in Wait Chapel as part of the University’s Voices of Our Time speaker series, which recently featured acclaimed civil rights lawyer, advocate and legal scholar Michelle Alexander.
Robinson’s address is being presented in conjunction with a two-day interdisciplinary symposium, “The Human Face of Environmental Inequality,” jointly sponsored by the Wake Forest University Humanities Institute, the University’s Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability, and the Human Rights and Global Justice research group, an affiliate of the Humanities Institute. The symposium will be held at Wake Forest on March 26 and 27.