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Project Wake: Civility

Wake Forest is a community that values and encourages respectful interaction among all Demon Deacons. As we strive to educate and develop the whole person, we believe that civility is a vital component of becoming a global citizen who will take Pro Humanitate outside our gates.

In mid-July, you will receive a hard copy of P.M. Forni’s Choosing Civility for Project Wake: Civility; read and reflect on the following questions: What is civility? How do I define and live out civility each day? What are the consequences of incivility? How should civility manifest itself at Wake Forest? What are practical steps I can take to be a civil citizen both at Wake Forest and beyond?

On August 24, during new student orientation, you will come together with other new students as your upperclass peers share their stories, experiences, and reflections on civility through orations, photography, dance, and poetry. After these presentations, you will attend a dinner with your lower division adviser and student adviser to have a stimulating conversation around theme of civility and what you gained from your reading and the projects.

Throughout the year, you will have the opportunity to explore the topic of civility through a variety of activities and interactive experiences. All Demon Deacons will be able share their own stories and engage with their peers, advisers, faculty, and University leaders to consider new perspectives and foster a Wake Forest tradition of open dialogue. As you begin your college journey, we encourage you to take ownership of your learning by interacting with others in the Wake Forest community to further this conversation.

We invite you to use #projectwake to share your thoughts on civility and participate in an interactive dialogue!