Community Engagement

Community Engagement Award

Inaugurated in 2013, the Wake Forest University Department of Sociology Community Engagement Award recognizes a graduating senior sociology major who embodies Wake Forest University’s Pro Humanitate motto and who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to community service and leadership. The recipient of this award is recognized for their outstanding community engagement work at the campus-wide May awards ceremony that takes place during Commencement weekend.  The student’s name is placed on the department plaque which is displayed prominently in the Sociology Department.

The following are some of the factors the department considers in selecting the awardee:

  • participation in campus service activities and campus life
  • community participation and leadership (domestic and international)
  • volunteer, internship, and work experience
  • participation in service learning courses and programs


Class of 2016 Winner:  KaDeidra Baker

Baker_PhotoKaDeidra Baker is a Sociology major with double minors in American Ethnic Studies and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. During her undergraduate career she has been an active member of the University’s Gospel Choir serving in executive positions throughout her time in the choir. With the Gospel Choir she has gone on service tours to Atlanta, Nashville, Charleston, and Orlando, spreading the Gospel through song and working in disadvantaged populations in homeless shelters, veterans’ hospitals, and after school programs for lower income youth. She is also a member of the Pi Beta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, serving as president of the chapter in her senior year. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated was the first sorority founded for black women and boasts the motto of “Service to All Mankind.” KaDeidra has also served as an intern on the Canastos Llenos project at El Buen Pastor Latino Services. The project – made possible by a grant from the Womens’ Fund of Winston Salem for the economic empowerment of women – caters to a cohort of ten women seeking to start their own business. Additionally, KaDeidra has also served as a research assistant in both the Department of Sociology as well as in the WFU School of Law. In the fall, she will attend law school at NC Central University. She hopes to pursue a career in family law and juvenile advocacy.


Previous Winners
Kristen McCain (2015)
Katherine Ririe (2015)
Chelsea Hopson (2014)
Erin Hellman (2014)
Nicole Little (2013)