Dear fellow members of the Wake Forest University community:
A defining characteristic of Wake Forest University is its commitment to creating a pluralistic and inclusive environment for every member of the campus community. As we continue to increase the representation of diverse individuals within our institution, we also pledge to provide a myriad of initiatives to enhance intercultural competence. Accomplishing these goals will enable us to create a rich mixture of intellectual approaches that enhances individual knowledge as well as the overall culture of our institution.
Wake Forest embraces the value of each individual and rejects any form of bigotry, discrimination or hatred directed against members of our institution. We seek to cultivate an environment which fosters the inclusion and engagement of everyone, regardless of individual differences. Embracing diversity of thought will remain a priority in the strategic principles of the collegiate university, for doing so is instrumental to our University’s ability to maintain a competitive advantage. As a liberal arts institution, our purpose is to facilitate academic diversity by maintaining an atmosphere in which mutual respect and intellectual pluralism flourish. Moreover, understanding the importance of including different perspectives and experiences is a vital component of our motto, Pro Humanitate.
On behalf of the Office of the Provost, I welcome your feedback, new ideas and suggestions for building a more global community that enables everyone to thrive!
Barbee Myers Oakes, Ph.D.
Chief Diversity Officer and
Assistant Provost for Diversity and Inclusion