Update on Honorifics and Naming
On 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.