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 2017 Winner:  Sebastian Ivory

Sebastian Ivory is a Sociology and Politics & International Affairs double major. During his undergraduate years, he was active in the Wake Forest University College Democrats and the Anthony Aston Players (the theatre society at Wake Forest), as well as a member of the Alpha Kappa Delta, Pi Sigma Alpha, and Omicron Delta Kappa honors societies. Sebastian spent two years serving as President and Vice President of the College Democrats and serving a term as the Political Director of the College Democrats of North Carolina. During Sebastian’s time as President of the College Democrats, they received recognition as the College Democrats of North Carolina Chapter of the Year. Additionally, during Sebastian’s tenure as College Democrats president, in the 2016 election, voting turnout reached record levels on Wake Forest’s campus. He was also a member of the bipartisan voter engagement cohort, “Wake the Vote”. Sebastian also spent time working with the Winston-Salem Anti-Poverty Thought Force on issues related to education and food insecurity in our community. After graduating, Sebastian will remain close to Wake Forest and join the 2017 cohort of Teach for America in the North Carolina Piedmont Triad. Sebastian will be serving a Title I school as a social studies teacher where he will work to pass his passion on to the next generation of leaders. Eventually, Sebastian expects to return to the classroom in pursuit of a PhD in Public Policy, Sociology, or Political Science. Long term, Sebastian hopes to continue to make a different in education both through directly working with students and by working to influence public policy.


Previous Winners

KaDeidra Baker (2016)
Kristen McCain (2015)
Katherine Ririe (2015)
Chelsea Hopson (2014)
Erin Hellman (2014)
Nicole Little (2013)