The Forest is intentionally small so that the individuals who are drawn here will never be lost in a crowd or see themselves as anything less than a vital part of a true community. Wake Forest takes education personally. That means providing all possible means of supporting students in what can be an exhilarating yet stressful time in a young person’s life.
We are committed to providing a vast network of support services and centers designed to both guide our students throughout their time at Wake Forest and provide outlets of individuality and commonality within a diverse environment rich in perspective, inclusion and open dialogue.
The LGBTQ Center is committed to fostering a safe, equitable and inclusive experience for all. This resource provides support and advocacy to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning students, faculty and staff. It also provides education to the entire campus community about issues of gender identity and sexual orientation. The LGBTQ Center holds office hours throughout the week; you can make an individual appointment. Come by Benson University Center 218 for more information.
The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) strives to enhance the experience of students from underrepresented groups and to foster an appreciation of diversity and inclusion. We collaborate to recruit and engage students through educational, social and co-curricular programming. We emphasize identity, intersectionality and relationship-building to promote intercultural understanding. Our cultural competence education initiatives empower students for global leadership and equip students to carry forth the Wake Forest mission of Pro Humanitate. Throughout the year, the OMA hosts and sponsors a variety of events, including the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, Journeys to Success Lecture Series, Protégés Mentoring Program (PMP) and World Cultural Festival. Students have many opportunities to get involved through the nearly 30 student organizations co-advised by the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Come visit us in Benson 346.
The Office of Personal and Career Development (OPCD) is here to help you navigate the college-to-career process and get started on the right track from your first days on campus. Many resources are available, including career coaching, self-assessment tools, workshops, online resources, opportunities to meet and interview with all types of employers and much more. In conjunction with the Department of Counseling, the OPCD offers Career Courses where you can learn what you need to know about the entire career exploration process. Numerous programs and resources are also available to help you learn about mentoring, leadership, professional development and innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship. Check out our website, or visit our state-of-the art office in Reynolda Hall 230, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., to find out more and to get a review of your resume, cover letters and LinkedIn profile. It’s never too early to start!
Adventure is a necessary part of career planning. The Office of Personal and Career Development encourages you to explore: travel to new geographies, experiment with career paths, make mistakes, volunteer and intern, and build professional relationships. What do you gain from these experiences? You gain clarity around what the right career path is for you and valuable connections to help you get there. To get started, you need Handshake.
Complete your Handshake profile before August 18 to ensure access to internship and job opportunities for Wake Forest Students and personal and career development resources.
The Women’s Center strives to create an educational and professional environment that supports women and promotes gender equity. Our initiatives encourage students to explore gender as a critical component of their identities and experiences, from their interpersonal relationships to their post graduate aspirations. We offer a range of opportunities, including discussion hours, workshops and enhanced student-faculty interactions. Some of our programs are designed as women-only spaces, but most of our initiatives are open to all members of our campus community. Come to the Women’s Center in Benson 347 to learn more or to make new connections at Wake Forest.
At Wake Forest, global learning experiences are an integral part of your education. As such, the Center for Global Programs and Studies is your on-campus resource to ensure that you incorporate study abroad into your academic experience. Students in all prospective majors and minors are able to study abroad, and our team of dedicated professionals is here to offer guidance and personalized advising at every step of the way. GPS advisors can introduce you to the more than 30 Wake Forest-administered programs (three of which are held at University-owned residences in London, Venice and Vienna) and provide information on our many Affiliate program offerings. With advanced planning, GPS staff can help map out your abroad plans to best fit within your course of study, provide details on such first steps as obtaining a passport and connect you with scholarship and financial aid to make your experience a reality. Visit us in Reynolda Hall 116, and make the world your classroom!