Diversity
6:24 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Maya Angelou Among Those Celebrating WFU's Dignity and Respect Campaign

Wake Forest University campaign for dignity and respect will be celebrated at an event Wednesday afternoon.
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  Wake Forest University is working to create a culture of diversity and inclusion.  For the last month, the school has been using a 'Tip of the Day' to prompt discussions and activities among students, faculty and staff to promote respect for differences.  Members of the campus community are also encouraged to take a pledge to treat everyone with dignity and respect.  Wednesday afternoon, renowned author Maya Angelou will be among those celebrating the campaign.   
You can't know how I feel unless I tell you, but once I tell you, if you believe me, then you can get a sense of 'oh my goodness, I didn't mean to do all that, I didn't mean to hurt her feelings.' So we have to talk to each other. Maya Angelou

Barbee Oakes, Assistant Provost for Diversity and Inclusion at Wake Forest, says the campaign supports the university's vision for its students on campus and beyond.

"When students leave Wake Forest, we expect them to lead a life that matters, and we also expect them to understand how to work and lead in a global society," she says. " So we developed this campaign because we believe that when people learn how to treat everybody with dignity and respect, then we'll begin to build the bridges that will shift the culture of an institution and make it more inclusive." 

Wednesday's event also features Wake Forest Provost Emeritus Ed Wilson and  Johnettea Cole, former president of Spelman and Bennett Colleges, and now director of the Smithsonian Instution's National Museum of African Art.  The program begins at 3:30 p.m. in Brendle Recital Hall at Wake Forest.  For more information, visit the university's Office of Diversity and Inclusion website.