News from the LGBTQ Center
New Safe Zone Curriculum; Lunch and Learn Sessions
The LGBTQ Center is introducing a new Safe Zone curriculum this fall and in-
vites you to register for an upcoming workshop. The Safe Zone program intro-
duces participants to LGBTQ terminology and the experiences of LGBTQ individ-
uals at WFU and prepares participants to take action steps towards creating a
more inclusive environment for LGBTQ people. After participating in the work-
shop, participants are invited to become members of our Safe Zone network on
If you are interested in attending a workshop, please register with the PDC.
Safe Zone workshops are excellent professional development opportunities,
and we invite departments and units to schedule workshops specifically for
their area. Please contact to request a workshop.
In addition to the new curriculum, the LGBTQ Center is also introducing month-
ly Safe Zone Lunch and Learn sessions for individuals who have been through
the workshop and are interested in learning more about specific topics. Each
session is from 12:00 - 1:00 pm; participants are invited to bring their lunch,
and the LGBTQ Center will provide dessert. The dates and topics are as follows:
September 14: Getting to Know the In's and Out's of the New LGBTQ Center
October 19: LGBTQ History at WFU
November 16: Supporting Non-Binary Trans Folks
Please contact the LGBTQ Center at with questions regarding
the Safe Zone program or to request a workshop for your department or unit
The Pro Humanitate Institute is excited to announce several
updates in the Academic Programs area. The purpose of the
Academic Programs & Community Engaged Research area of the
Pro Humanitate Institute is to ethically promote, assess, and
sustain community engaged teaching, research, and scholarship
through partnership cultivation, course development and logisti-
cal support, program design, and research support.
Faculty who are interested in growing the depth of their com-
munity engaged teaching, research, and/or scholarship are invit-
ed to apply to be ACE Fellows here by September 23rd. The
ACE Advisory Council will review the applications along with
member(s) of the Boston Thurmond Neighborhood Associa-
tion. ACE Fellows receive additional professional development
funding to support their community engaged work as well as
opportunities to collaborate with community partners and other
faculty who are doing related work. Any faculty member can
request funding from PHI through ACE Mini-Grants ACE mini-
grants provide small scale funding that enables faculty to incor-
porate deeper connections with community in their work.
Applications for funding are collected and responded to on a
rolling basis. Any funding requests over $1,000 are approved by
the ACE Advisory Council. The application for funding is now
live. The application also includes guidance on what we can and
cannot fund. Finally, faculty who are interested in having their
community engaged course designated as an ACE course should
contact Shelley Sizemore or Alessandra Von Burg. This new
course designation offers a way for students and other mem-
bers of the campus community to identify community engaged
courses across the college. PHI will highlight these courses and
help to advertise them each semester to prospective students.
ACE designated courses are reviewed by the ACE faculty Adviso-
ry Council chaired by Alessandra Von Burg.
Wake Forest Law has launched a fully online, part-time Master of Studies in Law (MSL) degree program for working professionals who want a
better understanding of the law with 30 students starting in August and applications being accepted for a January start.
The Pro Bono Project is the recipient of the American Bar Association (ABA) Day of Service Award from the Law Student Division thanks in part
to Wake Forest Law students’ dedication to pro bono legal services, especially during the ABA’s Pro Bono Week in October 2015.
Wake Forest Law’s LL.M. degree program was featured in the summer issue of the International Jurist as one of the best LL.M. programs in the
U.S. in terms of law school experience.
Since 1991, for the past 25 years, the Elder Law Clinic has provided free legal services to the community in Forsyth and surrounding coun-
ties. Each semester, a new group of students joins the Elder Law Clinic to provide free legal assistance to moderate income seniors.
The school conferred hoods on the first two JD/MDiv dual degree graduates, Ashley Escoe of Arnoldsville, Georgia, and Marie Nkonge of
Greensboro, North Carolina, and the first JD/MaSUS dual degree graduate, Nicholas Griffin of Fox Island, Washington.
For the first time in the history of Wake Forest Law, JD students have the opportunity to spend a semester studying at a university in China.
Carson Smith (JD ’16) is the first Wake Forest Law student to be recognized by The National Jurist as Law Student of the Year. He is one of five
students recognized from law schools across the nation in the current issue of the magazine.
Wake Forest Law’s new Two-Year JD for International Lawyers is featured in the international LLM Guide here.
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