Commitment and Guiding Philosophy


Wake Forest University believes in providing a diverse learning community to develop the whole person – intellectually, spiritually and physically. Our motto, Pro Humanitate, and our mission for academic excellence guide the university’s intellectual and co-curricular pursuits. It also reflects the university’s emphasis on the importance of values, ideals, and community service. The heightened awareness and acceptance of difference through diversity and inclusion initiatives underscores the university’s commitment to make sure we shape informed leaders ready to serve humanity. Diversity and inclusion creates engagement. When diversity and inclusion are practiced, faculty, staff and students demonstrate engagement by promoting the university, supporting the mission and committing to do their best. (Excerpt, Office Of Diversity and Inclusion)

The final report of the President’s Commission on Race, Equity, and Community outlined 20 strategic recommendations and introduced the RIDE Framework, which grounds our institution-wide inclusion and equity goals.  As an outgrowth of the recommendations regarding equity and employment and sustaining a more welcoming campus climate, all hiring managers for permanent position vacancies — both academic and administrative — must participate in a PDC educational opportunity on inclusive hiring.  See the Course Offerings for current courses that meet this requirement.

Guiding Philosophy:

We believe that inclusion is inherent to excellence and therefore fundamental to scholarly rigor and academic success. As the intentional incorporation of the cultures, worldviews, histories, traditions, and talents of all people across all places, Inclusive Excellence defines diversity broadly and includes race and ethnicity, (dis)ability, gender identity and gender expression, sexual orientation, nationality, age, religion, and social class. Inclusive Excellence situates that  diversity as a powerful community strength that must be consistently and actively practiced to achieve the highest teaching, learning, and scholarly outcomes. (Excerpt, Inclusive Excellence Statement, Wake Forest College)

Reflecting the diversity of thought and life experiences of the full range of Wake Forest students, alumni, faculty, staff, and the local and global community in which we are engaged is fundamental to the realization of Pro Humanitate. A first step in creating and sustaining cultural change is exploring personal and institutional practices that have the power to undermine equity.