Wake Forest Students’ Commitment to Volunteering and Service

Wake Forest University’s motto, “Pro Humanitate,” is reflected in the many meaningful ways our students, faculty, and staff contribute to the larger com20101122kitchen4064munity.  As a liberal arts institution, we thrive not only because we value excellence in20090819sparc435320100818habitat1904 teaching, scholarly, and creative work, but also because we recognize the importance of hard work and community engagement.

A vital part of a Wake Forest education is service. We encourage students to cultivate responsibility and civic-mindedness – taking an active interest in the community needs and affairs. We believe in the power of knowledge gained in the classrooms and laboratories to make a difference for humanity. We thrive not only because we value excellence in teaching and scholarship, but also because we recognize the importance of hard work and community engagement.

To engage service learning in the classroom, Wake Forest’s Institute for Public Engagement, in partnership with the Teaching and Learning Center and the Dean of the College, sponsors the ACE Fellows Program each spring.  This program provides support for selected faculty fellows interested in incorporating service-learning into their courses. ACE Fellows have the opportunity to work with new and veteran ACE Fellows as they establish relationships with community partners, develop syllabi, and assess pedagogical strategies and outcomes.

Because of the ACE Fellows program, Betina Wilkinson’s Political Science students engaged with community organizations as part of her Latino Political Behavior and Race and Ethnic Politics courses.  Ananda Mitra’s Communication students are now doing service learning abroad as part of his Communication, Culture, and Sustainability in India course.

Beyond the classroom, more than half of undergraduates make volunteerism a priority in their educational experience. Many volunteer regularly at local service agencies, while others travel around the country or abroad to participate in projects. From cleanup after Hurricane Katrina to volunteering in Calcutta, India for Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity, Wake Forest students use their knowledge and compassion to serve humanity.

We live our Pro Humanitate motto through our students’ impressive community service and civic engagement; we consider it part of our genetic makeup.  Various programs and offices are dedicated to this passion including the Office of Volunteer Services and the Institute for Public Engagement, the centerpiece of the University’s commitment to community service.

Be sure to save the date for Pro Humanitate Day on April 12, 2014. It is a remarkable day where our students join together to serve in unique ways throughout the Winston-Salem community.

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