I N S I D E T H I S
I S S U E : :

Deliberative Dialogue
update, action teams
announced

2

Wake Forest
and ZSR
travel
to Suzhou High
School

3

TEDxWakeForestU
announced

7

Provost’s
Newsletter

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V O L U M E 3 , I S S U E 2

S P E C I A L D A T E S O F
I N T E R E S T :

December
15: Deadline to
signup
for a Deliberative
Dia-
logue
action
teams

January
18: 10th
Annual
Gospelfest |
3:00 pm |
Brendle
Recital
Hall

January
28: Secrest Artists
Series
presents
the
National
Symphony Orchestra of
Mexico
|
7:30 pm |
Wait
Chapel

February
4-6: WISE
Confer-
ence
|
Marriott
Downtown

Message from the Provost...

Complexity on
Campus

Greetings
colleagues—wishing you
many
occasions
for thanksgiving in
this season
of
gratitude
and
reaffirmation
of
familial bonds.
Adding a
reminder to
us
all that
the
period
from mid-November
into
the
year-end
holidays
is
a
particularly
fraught one
for many
of
our students.
The combination
of
final exams,
term
papers/projects/group
presentations,
and
performances,
along with
familial
pressures (household
stresses
on
average
reach
a
peak
at this
time
of
year) can
take
a
real
toll:
my
deepest appreciation
to
the
many
of
you,
across
our WFU schools
and
staff departments,
who
are
responding to
our students’
concerns
in
myriad
ways.
More
than
most semesters,
this
has been
a
difficult one
all across
the
term.
A series
of
issues
and
events,
ranging from campus policing practices
and
lounge/party
policies
to
widely-publicized inci-
dents
around
a
fraternity
party
(ultimately
cancelled) and
a
series
of
distressing social-media
postings,
has made
manifest a sense
of
unrest and
even
angry
frustration
among groups
of
our stu-
dents.
We
are
by
no
means
alone
in
experiencing rising tensions
on
campus,
as
both
media cover-
age and
conversations with
leaders
at other universities
and
colleges
makes
clear.
Attention
to
inequity
is
heightened
by
the
recent non-indictments
of white police
officers
in
the
deaths
of
Mi-
chael Brown
and
Eric Garner. Concerns
about sexual assault
on
campuses,
exacerbated
by
an
alco-
hol-soaked
party
culture,
have
been
widely
publicized of
late. The
‘I too
am’
movement,
referenced
by
our new
faculty
colleague Melissa Harris-Perry’s
powerful recent OG&B piece,
has spread
nation-
wide.
And
most recently
we have
seen
a
resumption
of vituperative
attacks
on
our university
Imam,
Khalid
Griggs.
Faculty
and
staff across
Wake Forest have
been
deeply
engaged
with
students,
in
ways
both
formal
(deliberative
dialogues,
town halls,
and
the
like) and
informal,
to
emphasize our shared
recognition
of
concerns
about campus
culture—and
to devise
together meaningful ways
of
enhancing all com-
munity
members’
sense
of
inclusion.
A series
of
messages
from
me
along with
other senior staff,
including President Hatch,
Barbee
Oakes,
and
Penny
Rue,
have
outlined
broadly
both
our commit-
ment to
that
foundational aspiration
and
to
strategies
and
actions
intended
to
help
us
advance
to-
ward
it.
We
are
also
condemning the
website
and
actions directed at
our Imam.
Those
conversations/dialogues,
immediate- and
longer-term
actions,
and
regular campus-wide
communications
will continue. Those
of
you
with
an
interest in
greater involvement are
gratefully
invited to
connect with
Barbee
Oakes,
Penny
Rue,
and/or
Lynn
Sutton,
who
are
jointly
coordinating
our engagement. I am confident that
with
such
widespread
dedication,
together we
can
come
clos-
er to
achieving the essential goal of
creating a
truly
inclusive
Wake
Forest.

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