Honorifics & Naming

Update on Honorifics and Naming

Campus DialoguesOn August 10, President Susan R. Wente shared her institutional commitment to promoting and sustaining a sense of belonging and inclusivity. In her message, she emphasized the ongoing nature of this work. In that same letter, the president said the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) will lead the next steps for engaging the Wake Forest community in structured, open dialogue, leading to the gathering of names of individuals, themes, and concepts which are not currently honored or remembered as fully as possible on campus.

To carry out these objectives, ODI will plan and implement a series of events and conduct a survey of students, staff, faculty, and alumni. Preparation for these events has started, with ODI establishing an Honorifics Planning Group to ensure this initiative connects with a broad range of Wake Forest constituents and provides a myriad of opportunities for feedback.

From an organizational perspective, in late September ODI will commence campus-based programs and listening sessions focused on the guiding principles. In October, engagement opportunities will center on how and why Wake Forest “honors” individuals and events. And in November, constituents will be invited to complete a survey, and the University will begin analyzing the outcomes of programs and listening sessions.

Throughout the semester, please be attentive to updates on this site, particularly as they relate to upcoming programs and the community-wide survey. Specific questions or feedback should be directed to Villalba at villalja@nullwfu.edu.


Honorifics Planning Group (HPG)

ODI has brought together members of our campus in order to guide planning efforts for engaging the Wake Forest University Community. The goal of this group is to help organize structured, open dialogues, as well as gather names of individuals, concepts, and themes for recognizing and honoring individuals, events, and values congruent with our Institution. 

Planning Group Members

  1. Christian Burris – AWFUBA Secretary
  2. Stephanie Carter – Director of Residence Life and Chair of Staff Advisory Council
  3. Brittani Hunt – Divinity School, Director of Admissions
  4. Xochitl Ortiz-Sanchez – Student
  5. Jack Lewis – Student
  6. Danielle Parker – Assistant Professor, Department of Education
  7. Tim Pyatt – Dean of the Library
  8. Desiraé Starnes (‘19) – Administrative Assistant, Leadership and Character

** Sean McClure – Office of the Provost (will staff the HPG)


    Campus Dialogue Events

  • Sept. 29 - 5:00 p.m. | The Guiding Principles on Naming

    The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is guiding institutional efforts to gather names of individuals, themes, and concepts that are not currently honored or remembered as fully as possible on campus.

    Our first event towards fulfilling this goal is set for Sept. 29th and will focus on the Guiding Principles on Naming. The Principles were developed last year by the Advisory Committee on Naming, which was co-chaired by School of Divinity Dean Jonathan Walton.

    Please join Dean Walton and Vice President José Villalba to discuss the Guiding Principles about naming initiatives on our campus. The event will take place in person, but a virtual option is available for those who prefer to engage in that manner.

  • November 1 - 5:00 p.m. | What's in a Name: Who & Where Do We Honor

    The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is moderating institutional efforts to gather names of individuals, themes, and concepts that are not currently honored or remembered as fully as possible on campus.

    Our event towards fulfilling this goal will be on November 1, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. in The Z. Smith Reynolds Library Auditorium and will focus on where and when do we honor.

    The event is open to faculty, staff, students, and alumni.

    Virtual Option Available through Registration

    Register Here