"Wake Forest President Nathan O. Hatch" Archive

Wake Forest maintains regularly updated COVID-19 website

Wake Forest is maintaining a regularly updated COVID-19 website with information intended to keep students, faculty, staff and others informed on the University’s latest announcements regarding COVID-19, along with helpful links to the current information provided by federal and other reliable resources.  The site is located at coronavirus.wfu.edu.

More than a dozen messages from University administrators, including President Hatch, are included on the site.  Some messages were sent to all students, faculty and staff, while others were sent to more specific groups, such as students who returned, recently, from Casa Artom.  As more messages are distributed, they will be promptly posted.

Several links take site visitors to information sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization and the U.S. State Department.

Recent information is also available regarding University policies regarding international travel and U.S. State Department travel advisories.

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Categories: Inside WFU

Wake Forest offers apology for historic tie to slavery

President Hatch

At Founders’ Day Convocation on Feb. 20, President Nathan O. Hatch offered an apology for how Wake Forest benefitted from the labor and sale of enslaved people in the 19th Century.

“It is important and overdue that, on behalf of Wake Forest University, I unequivocally apologize for participating in and benefitting from the institution of slavery,” the president told those gathered in Wait Chapel for convocation.

Following Hatch’s remarks, Dean of the School of Divinity Jonathan L. Walton delivered a keynote address focused on both remembering history and taking responsibility for the present.

“We must acknowledge that our history at Wake Forest is both beautiful and terrible.  Nobel and tragic.  Honorable and despicable,” Walton said.

Also, during convocation, two extraordinary alumni—Dr. Larry Hopkins and Lou Bissette—were presented the Medallion of Merit, the highest honor given by the University.

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Wake Forest apologizes for benefitting from enslaved people

Founders’ Day program honors Medallion Merit winners

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WSSU, Wake Forest mark anniversary of Winston-Salem sit-ins

On Feb. 23, 1960, a group of students from Winston-Salem State University were joined by students from Wake Forest University to protest segregated lunch counters in Winston-Salem.

The historic sit-in led to a desegregation agreement among local merchants in the city later that spring.

A community commemoration vigil will be held Feb. 23 at 3 p.m. in downtown Winston-Salem to mark the 60th anniversary of the sit-in.  The event is free and open to the public.

The vigil will begin in front of the Millennium Center and process to the corner of Fourth and Liberty streets, where a historical marker designates the site as the location of the “First sit-in victory in North Carolina.” Winston-Salem State University Chancellor Elwood L. Robinson and  Wake Forest President Nathan O. Hatch will open the event and lead a Vigil of Remembrance. Wake Forest School of Divinity Dean Jonathan L. Walton will give a keynote address. The WSSU Singing Rams, led by D’walla Simmons-Burke, will perform.

More information is available here.

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Categories: EventsInside WFU

Join President Hatch for a conversation about the State of the University

This announcement was e-mailed to staff and faculty on Nov. 5 by Wake Forest Communications and External Relations:

At the invitation of the Faculty Senate and Senate President Mark Knudson, President Nathan Hatch will discuss the State of the University on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 4 p.m. in Brendle Recital Hall.

President Hatch and campus leaders will engage in a conversation about various aspects of the University. All are invited to the State of the University event and a reception that will immediately follow in the lobby of Brendle Recital Hall.

If you are unable to attend in person, you can livestream the event here. (We will give you a link, but we do not have that yet.)

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A message from President Hatch regarding the CARE Team

President Hatch e-mailed the following message to faculty and staff on Oct. 22 (a similar message was sent to students):

At Wake Forest University our Campus Assessment, Response and Evaluation (CARE) Team is a vital resource, available to all of us. The CARE Team is here to help when you are worried about a student, colleague, or anyone who is connected with our campus. Knowing more about the role of this important resource is a good way to support the wellbeing of all members of our campus community.

Our CARE Team assesses, responds to, and provides ongoing evaluation of concerning behaviors brought to the attention of the team. When appropriate, the team will also consult with the person expressing concern to assist in their personal handling of the concern.  Another of the team’s roles is to connect people in need of help with support services. As a result of these connections, individuals are more likely to find themselves feeling better about their work and relationships, and more aware of the resources available to them.

Campus safety and personal wellbeing remain core values at Wake Forest, and you play an important role. The early identification and communication of behaviors of concern exhibited by students, employees, visitors, or other individuals involved with University is vital to maintaining the health of our community.

I encourage each of you to listen to your students and colleagues and pay attention to those around you. We want to be a place that is welcoming and supportive – a place in which we all feel comfortable expressing care and concern for our fellow Wake Foresters.

If you become aware of disruptive or threatening behaviors, or are concerned about someone affiliated with the university, I ask that you contact any CARE Team member or send a message to care@nullwfu.edu. Please note that if you are concerned about the possibility of imminent violence, you should immediately contact University Police (911 from a University land line or 336-758-5911 from a cell phone). Or, you may call the Winston-Salem Police Department (911 from a cell phone or off-campus land line).

Once contacted our CARE Team discreetly acts to assess the reported behavior(s) and provide an appropriate level of support. For more information about the CARE Team, including contact information, team composition, and descriptions of behaviors of concern, please visit http://careteam.wfu.edu.

Thank you for your assistance in assuring that our campus remains a safe place for all of us to live, learn, and work together in the spirit of Pro Humanitate.

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