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Panel discussion on Confederate flag to be held Sept. 2

The University’s Pro Humanitate Institute will host a panel discussion called “The Flag: Navigating Southern Identity, Race and Symbolism” on Sept. 2 from 6-7 p.m. in Wait Chapel.

The panel will include:

  • Katon Dawson – Dawson was first elected Chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party in 2002, was unanimously re-elected twice, and served on the Republican National Committee from 2002-2009. A leading voice in removing the flag from the South Carolina state capitol, he is now president of Dawson Public Affairs.
  •  Alicia Garza – An organizer, writer, and freedom dreamer, Garza is Special Projects Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance, the nation’s leading voice for dignity and fairness for the millions of domestic workers in the United States. She is also the co-creator of #BlackLivesMatter.
  • Bree Newsome – A filmmaker, singer, songwriter and community organizer, Newsome made headlines when she climbed a flagpole and removed the Confederate flag flying at the state capitol in Columbia, S.C.
  •  James Ian Tyson– Tyson is a grassroots organizer who was arrested alongside Bree Newsome after they removed the flag from the South Carolina state capitol grounds.

Wake Forest political science professor Melissa Harris-Perry poses in her home in Winston-Salem on Thursday, September 18, 2014.

Melissa Harris-Perry, executive director of the Pro Humanitate Institute, director of the Anna Julia Cooper Center and Presidential Endowed Professor of Politics and International Affairs, will facilitate the conversation. Tiller Tillinghast, president of Wake Forest’s chapter of Kappa Alpha Order fraternity, will deliver opening remarks.

“An academic environment is the ideal place for a thoughtful and thought-provoking conversation about the intersection of race, symbolism and the South,” said Harris-Perry. “The unique and timely perspectives of each panelist will challenge, motivate and inspire those seeking social justice on our campus and in our community.”

Wake Forest’s chapter of Kappa Alpha Order fraternity, the Division of Campus Life and Office of Diversity and Inclusion are co-sponsoring the event, with support from the Diversity Collaboration Fund.

The event is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for Wake Forest students, faculty and staff. Public admittance will begin at 5:45 p.m. No registration is necessary.

A livestream webcast of the panel will be available at go.wfu.edu/flagevent.

Join us: LGBTQ Community Forum

LGBTQ Community Forum, Hosted by the President’s Commission on LGBTQ Affairs
Thursday, October 30th, 4:00-6:00pm, Annenberg Forum in Carswell Hall
The LGBTQ Community Forum is an opportunity for students, faculty, and staff at Wake Forest to share their experiences as LGBTQ people or allies. Members of the President’s Commission on LGBTQ Affairs will be on hand to listen to feedback and gain a richer understanding of the climate for LGBTQ individuals on campus. Commission chair and Vice President for Campus Life Penny Rue will moderate the event. All community members, including straight allies, are welcome to attend. The forum will be followed by a reception with Commission members.

Love is Love Celebration

Please join us for a celebration of loving relationships here in North Carolina and on our campus!

The Love is Love Celebration will commemorate the overturning of Amendment One, and will also honor and celebrate all loving relationships, and their importance to our individual and collective well-being. The event will be held on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 from 2:30-4:30pm in the Green Room, with snacks, a photo booth, and an opportunity to write and decorate cards for the people you love.

Sponsored by the LGBTQ Center, the Office of the Dean of the College, and the School of Business, the Office of the Chaplain, the Office of the Dean of Students, Kriss Dinkins and Stephen Dragisic, the Office of Diversity Education, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the School of Divinity, the Film Studies Program, Adam and Diana Goldstein, Human Resources, Kaleidoscope, theLearning Assistance Center, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Office of Personal and Career Development, the Office of the President, the Pro Humanitate Institute, the Office of the Provost, theSafe Office, the Office of Student Engagement, the Department of Theatre and Dance, Thrive, the University Counseling Center, University Police, the Women’s Center, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Wake Forest University and Winston-Salem University 2015 Building the Dream Award Nomination

Each year brings the opportunity to celebrate the life and legacy of one of America’s most inspirational individuals, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Unfortunately, some Americans only reflect on Dr. King’s accomplishments one day per year.  We are honored to acknowledge those whose life builds upon his dream.
Each year, representatives from Wake Forest and Winston Salem State Universities form a joint Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. programming committee.  Annually, we award the “Building the Dream” award to one professor or administrator and one student from each respective university.  This award will be given to a person who embodies the qualities Dr. King epitomized and actively exercises these qualities in his or her community (on and off campus).  You can read about last year’s winners here. This year’s award will be announced at the ceremonial banquet in January at Wake Forest University.
If you know someone who would be a great candidate for the “Building the Dream” award, please complete the brief nomination form. Please have all nominations submitted by Tuesday, November 18th.  
We look forward to learning about your nominee!
The 2015 WFU/WSSU MLK Jr. Planning Committee

Now available: calendar of events and initiatives to foster an equitable and inclusive WFU

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion has worked with its partners across the university to create a calendar of events and initiatives on campus that foster an equitable and inclusive Wake Forest. Please contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusions at diversity@nullwfu.edu or (336) 758.3824 with any questions.