COMMUNITY PARTNERS AND PROGRAMS

Community partners have hosted student interns, provided sites for out-of-classroom engagement, served as instructors/advisors for RPE courses, and helped to develop meaningful opportunities for service.  

EASTERN BAND OF CHEROKEE INDIANS (Qualla Boundary, NC)

Located in the mountains of Western North Carolina, The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (ECBI) is a sovereign nation with 14,000 members, and is the only tribe in North Carolina officially recognized by the federal government. ECBI has partnered with Wake Forest and other North Carolina universities to create programs that prepare and empower citizens for effective community service.  One such partnership is MEDCAT, Medical Careers and Technology Academy, (link to a subpage with summary, picture, pdf of article) a summer enrichment program designed to foster an interest in health careers among high school students.

SAN CARLOS APACHE TRIBE
The San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation spans Gila, Graham, and Pinal Counties in southeastern Arizona, roaming over a landscape that ranges from alpine meadows to desert. Encompassing 1,834,781 acres, the San Carlos Apache Reservation was established by executive order on November 9, 1871. The Apaches are descendent of the Athabascan family who migrated to the Southwest in the 10th century. Over time, many bands of Apache were relocated to the reservation from their traditional homelands, which once extended through Arizona and New Mexico. The current population numbers 9,385. The Reservation has an annual median household income of approximately $14,000; about 60% of the people live under the poverty line, and 68% of the active labor force is unemployed. With the people and Tribal Council of San Carlos, the Wake Forest RPE Program has developed The Feather and Stone Exchange (link to Mission Statement), that includes: 1. Student, Faculty and staff delegations from WF to San Carlos and from San Carlos to Wake Forest and Winston-Salem (link to Albums); 2. Participation in the Mount Graham Sacred Run (link to Albums); 3. Internships (link to San Carlos Internships)

 ALEXANDER CORRECTIONAL FACILITY (AXCI)
The Alexander Correctional Institution (AXCI) is a 1000-cell, close-custody prison facility located in Taylorsville, NC.  RPE has developed a relationship with AXCI’s chaplaincy department (link to subpage with summary of Brothers of Buffalo) whereby faculty and students have facilitated conversations about faith, renewal, and reconciliation with inmates. Student groups have presented papers, led workshops, and shared meals – the experiences have given students an opportunity to engage in interfaith dialogue, and to reflect upon the economic, social, and political structures that shape North Carolina’s penal system.

 THE DARRYL HUNT PROJECT FOR FREEDOM AND JUSTICE
The Darryl Hunt Project for Freedom and Justice was founded by Mr. Hunt, who was wrongfully convicted of murder in 1985 and spent eighteen years in prison before being exonerated in 2004. The project focuses its work in three areas: 1. Innocence: The Larry Little Innocence Project receives and screens innocence claims from inmates; 2. The Homecoming Program assists parolees in finding housing, with job readiness, financial literacy, group and individual counseling, and mentor relationships with Associates who have already re-integrated into the community. 3. Education About and Reform of the Criminal Justice System: workshops for law enforcement officers, advocacy for legal reforms on such issues as procedures for eye-witness identification, media contributions to community educations. RPE sponsored a showing of the HBO Documentary “The Trials of Darryl Hunt” on February 19, 2007 (see Album). Professor Boyd published a book, Making Justice Our Business: The Wrongful Conviction of Darryl Hunt and the Work of Faith, on Hunt’s case November 2011.

 COMMUNITIES HELPING ALL NEIGHBORS GAIN EMPOWERMENT
CHANGE is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization that is grassroots, nonpartisan, multiracial, multi-ethnic and multi-faith. Participants come from all economic backgrounds and a variety of locations across Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. Membership is comprised of more than 50 dues-paying congregations, neighborhood associations, and other interested groups, giving our organization an estimated network of more than 26,000 members. (See Album)  CHANGE trains under the model of the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF), the oldest and largest community-organizing network in the United States. CHANGE is committed to building a stronger community by: 1. Developing relationships across racial, ethnic, economic, political, social, and religious lines. 2. Cultivating the skills of leaders inside our member institutions. 3. Developing strong congregations and institutions. 4. Identifying shared concerns and needs. 5.  Acting together for the common good. CHANGE is not a movement, a protest group, a political action committee or a service organization. We do not run programs, endorse candidates or take government money.

GUILFORD NATIVE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION
The Guilford Native American Association (GNAA) is a Native American Community Association located in Greensboro, NC.  GNAA is dedicated to helping Indian people achieve social and economic sustainability. In the past, Wake Forest students have volunteered regularly at the annual Pow-wow and the Cultural Festival. In the future, the RPE program hopes to establish a partnership with the GNAA Art Gallery.