In spring 2014, as Wake Forest University was exploring how to help our campus community process and address societal inequities, a plan for collecting stakeholders’ voices was implemented. Through Deliberative Dialogs, conversations with student advocates, and input from faculty and staff, a series of demands and suggestions were collected and prioritized, culminating in a final report to the administration and campus community in spring 2015 through the Community in Progress website. In fall 2015 the Campus Climate Implementation Team (CCIT) was convened by the Office of the Provost, and was charged with articulating and implementing meaningful change for the institution. For three years (2015-2018) the CCIT met regularly to determine which areas from the spring 2015 report could be implemented, as well as determine specific campus partners who could bring these ideas to fruition. The CCIT ceased formal operations in spring 2018, since many of the key administrators who oversaw the initiative had left the university, and because several of the initiatives recommended in the final report had either been completed, or had morphed into a different campus project or goal. The Final CCIT Progress Update is the most up-to-date collection of the tangible outcomes from the original CCIT initiative. In addition, it serves as a “living document” for the intentional work around diversity, inclusion, and equity yet to be realized in our campus community, and is updated from time-to-time as personnel change or as different initiatives come on line. What follows below and in this section of the ODI website is an electronic archive of the Community in Progress output.
Issues of social justice, diversity and inclusion; issues of fair and effective law enforcement; and issues that require institutional and cultural change require our collective and sustained effort. Five years ago, Wake Forest embarked on a strategic plan to enhance diversity and inclusion on campus. Dozens of engaged Wake Foresters – students, faculty, and staff – helped shape the plan, and numerous offices across campus have continued to collaborate to ensure its success.
Today, Wake Forest has its most diverse student body ever. In fact, according to The New York Times ranking of the most economically diverse top colleges, Wake Forest is among the 10 fastest changing universities in the country. By its very nature, change challenges the status quo, often for the better.
Several groups comprised of current faculty, staff and students met during the Fall 2014 semester to focus on issues of diversity and, more importantly, inclusion. The Provost’s Office received more than 150 recommendations from the following groups:
Following the Deliberative Dialogues, six action teams compromised of faculty, staff, and students formed to address emerging ideas from these meetings. Provost Rogan Kersh tasked those teams to address all recommendations that fall the following areas: Admissions, Communication, Curricular and Faculty Engagement, Orientation, Space, and Student Engagement (consisting of Civic Engagement, Diversity Peer Education, and Student Leadership Development). Additionally, recommendations were submitted and addressed by the President’s Commission on LGBTQ Affairs and The Police Accountability Taskforce.
Please explore the following pages for more information on the institutional work that is being done in these areas.