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IS Fellow Isabella Ryan helps improve juvenile detention practices in Tennessee

The following is a guest post from Wake Forest Information Systems (IS) Communications.

Isabella Ryan, 2020-21 Wake Forest Fellow for IS, wrote and submitted a bill to limit the use of solitary confinement for children in juvenile detention centers in Tennessee. Ryan’s bill has passed the State Senate and House, and it is headed to the Governor to be signed into law.


Headshot of Isabella Ryan, 2020-21 Wake Forest Fellow for Information SystemsTwenty-three and a half hours a day, alone, in an 8’ by 8’ room. The impact of solitary confinement on children is immense. Many emerge with significantly impacted mental health and report signs of PTSD. Further, 50% of juvenile suicides in detention facilities occur while a child is in solitary. This is the reality of solitary confinement for minors in Tennessee.

However, thanks in large part to the persistent efforts of Nashville native Isabella Ryan (’20), it will soon no longer be the case. In 2015, as a junior at Hume-Fogg High School, Isabella, co-wrote a bill with her classmate to limit the use of solitary confinement for children in Tennessee. In 2016, Isabella contacted State Senator Jeff Yarbro with a copy of the bill. Senator Yarbro quickly introduced the bill and has continued to do so ever since. Finally, after five years of Isabella’s advocacy, the bill passed the State Senate unanimously and nearly unanimously in the State House, with only one dissenting vote. This means limits on how long and why children can be in such restrictive environments will soon be in place. The bill is now headed to the Governor to be signed into law. 

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Updates from HR: Wellbeing and hybrid work tips, Inclusive Excellence, accessibility, benefits

Hybrid Work: Inclusive Tip #3

To promote inclusivity, be sure any conversations that occur on-site after a video conference ends are documented in the minutes for remote participants. The sun rises behind trees lining Hearn Plaza

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Weekly Wellbeing Tip: Relieve Tension

At times we don’t even realize we are furrowing our brows or holding a tense jaw. A few minutes spent relaxing just the muscles of the face can relieve tension and anxiety in our entire bodies.

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Wake Forest Fellows announced for 2021-22

The Wake Forest Fellows for the 2021-22 academic year pose for a group portrait on the stairs in front of the Tribble Courtyard

Wake Forest Fellows, 2021-22, (left to right, front row to back row): Zoe Stuckey, Nana Ogburn, Yorjannys Gomez, Mary Costanza; Bruce Haywood, Jennifer Ryan, Camille Monceaux; Aidan Wiley, Rafael Alves de Lima, Marie Guy

Ten 2021 grads have returned to their alma mater as Wake Forest Fellows. They will work throughout the campus community, including in the offices of the President, the Provost and the Dean of the College.

Since 2008, the Wake Forest Fellows program has provided exceptional Wake Forest College graduates with the opportunity to work in higher education administration for a year. Each fellow is serving as a full-time Wake Forest staff member, starting July 1. In addition to working with top administrators, the fellows will participate in leadership activities and interact with faculty, staff and students to learn about the inner workings of higher education.

The Wake Forest Fellows for 2021-22 are:

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Wake Forest Fellows announced for 2020-2021

Nine 2020 grads have returned to their alma mater as Wake Forest Fellows. They will work throughout the campus community, including in the offices of the President, the Provost and the Dean of the College.

Since 2008, the Wake Forest Fellows program has provided exceptional Wake Forest college graduates with the opportunity to work in higher education administration for a year. Each fellow is serving as a full-time Wake Forest staff member, starting July 1. In addition to working with top administrators, the fellows will participate in leadership activities and interact with faculty, staff and students to learn about the inner workings of higher education.

The Wake Forest Fellows for 2020-21 are:
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Wake Forest Fellows announced for 2019-2020

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Wake Forest Fellows, 2019-2020, left to right, Natalie Wilson, Daniel Oberti, Daniella Feijoo, Sophie Leruth, Austin Offnick, Dalia Namak, Matt Schlosser, Mella Tesfazgi

Eight seniors will remain at Wake Forest after graduation in May as Wake Forest Fellows.  They will work throughout the campus community, including in the offices of the President, the Provost and the Dean of the College.

Since 2008, the Wake Forest Fellows program has provided exceptional Wake Forest college graduates with the opportunity to work in higher education administration for a year.  Each fellow will serve as a full-time Wake Forest staff member, starting this summer. In addition to working with top administrators, the fellows will participate in leadership activities and interact with faculty, staff and students to learn about the inner workings of higher education.

The Wake Forest Fellows for 2019-20 are:

  • Campus Life: Daniella Feijoo, Wauconda, Ill.; major, Politics and International Affairs with a double major in Spanish; minor, Latin American Studies
  • Dean of the College: Dalia Namak, Winston-Salem; major, Anthropology with a double major in Politics and International Affairs; minor, Middle East and South Asia Studies
  • Information Systems: Mella Tesfazgi,Charlotte; major, Economics; minors, Politics and International Affairs and Global Trade and Commerce
  • Office of Personal & Career Development: Natalie Wilson, Fredericksburg, Va.; major, Sociology; minors, Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies and Interdisciplinary Writing
  • President’s Office: Matthew Schlosser, Brandon, Fla.; major, English with a double major in Politics and International Affairs
  • Provost’s Office: Sophie Leruth, Williamsburg, Va.; major, Politics and International Affairs with a double major in Spanish
  • Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center: Austin Offnick, Sewickley, Pa.; major, Economics with a double major in Spanish
  • Wake Downtown: Daniel Oberti, Richmond Hill, Ga.; Studio Art (double concentration in Sculpture and Printmaking) with a double major in Biology; minor, Chemistry

Alumni of the Wake Forest Fellows program have pursued careers in many fields, including law, medicine, public policy and more.  Fellows have since received prestigious academic honors such as Rhodes and Fulbright scholarships.

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