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The vision of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion is to:

  1. Strive for Intentionally Equitable Policies | Members of Wake Forest University will be able to identify, develop, and appraise policies that promote equity, diversity, and inclusion across academic, administrative, support, and logistical units.
  2. Cultivate Programs that Foster Intersectional Awareness and Understanding | Members of Wake Forest University will engage in curricular and co-curricular programs and initiatives that facilitate their capacity to explore, understand, and operationalize a broad range of concepts, experiences, perspectives, and opinions. 
  3. Empower All Academic and Administrative Units to Become More Inclusive | Members of Wake Forest University will be presented with opportunities, resources, and materials to help them plan and critique their diversity and inclusion practices in using methods and “best practices” that directly contribute the University’s mission towards a more diverse learning community.

The mission of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion supports the University’s mission of creating a more diverse learning community. Specifically, the Office and related Centers aims to influence policies, offer programming, and facilitate practice across the broad spectrum of inclusivity and equity. These aims promote a safe, equitable, growth-minded, and engaged campus community, wherein students, staff, and faculty – within and across multiple identities – can feel supported and valued in their personal and professional development.

ODI and related Centers will operationalize its vision and mission using the following processes. These guiding processes may also be used by academic and administrative units as they seek to foster diversity and inclusion, with ODI and related Centers offering consultative and direct support.

  • Recognize the multiple voices, identities, perspectives, and experiences of students, faculty, and staff at Wake Forest University
  • Identify and provide support for underrepresented groups at Wake Forest University, through a network of campus partners and resources
  • Design and implement professional and leadership development opportunities, related to diversity and inclusion, for all members of Wake Forest University
  • Evaluate and disseminate relevant qualitative and quantitative research related to Wake Forest University’s campus climate
  • Support equitable policies and practices across the Wake Forest University
  • Challenge the Wake Forest University’s capacity to be more strategic and systematic in relation to Diversity and Inclusion efforts and objectives

Leadership Infrastructure


Sustainability of any diversity and inclusion initiative occurs only when the most senior leaders, governance groups, advisory councils, academic administrators, and faculty are involved in the formulation and administration of the Diversity and Inclusion blueprint.

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History


Discover the historical actions that served as catalysts for the University’s evolving support for diversity and inclusion.

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Campus Partners


Our partnerships across campus help further the vision for diversity and inclusion while ensuring that we are helping to shape institutional policies and organizational programs that allow us to holistically serve the campus community.

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