What’s New

  • 😁 We are hosting a special celebration called Friendship: Meaningfully Connect to the World on Monday, March 4. Join us on Manchester Plaza from 12- 2 p.m. to make friendship bracelets, play games, and more! Later in the evening, we will host a discussion panel led by friendship experts from psychology, philosophy, and theology in ZSR Library 404 at 5 p.m. with a reception to follow! Learn more about this event here.
  • 🗣 This summer we are leading the Principled Pluralism Fellowship. Are you are interested in working with a small group of students to develop the skills and virtues needed to promote meaningful dialogue across difference? If so, you can learn more and apply here by February 26.
  • 📒 The Educating Character Initiative is now inviting U.S. colleges and universities to join a broad and diverse community of individuals and institutions to strengthen the understanding, integration, and education of character in undergraduate institutions.
    Learn more and apply for a grant.
    Register for online workshops on how to educate character in the university.
  • 🏆 Senior Leadership and Character Scholar Rute Ayalew received the 2024 Martin Luther King Jr. “Building the Dream” award! Read the full story here.

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Our Mission

The Program for Leadership and Character inspires, educates, and empowers leaders of character to serve humanity. Through innovative teaching, creative programming, and cutting-edge research, we aim to transform the lives of students, foster an inclusive culture of leadership and character at Wake Forest, and catalyze a broader public conversation that places character at the center of leadership.

Over the last decade, Wake Forest faculty have become leading experts in the study of character. The Program for Leadership and Character is now using this groundbreaking research to develop creative, liberal arts-based programming to transform the lives of our students.

We are excited to share who we are and what we aspire to do. We hope you will join us in this effort.

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We teach courses on leadership and character and equip others to develop relevant courses.

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College Programming

Our outside-the-classroom programs equip students to develop the character needed to lead with integrity.

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Professional Schools

Our efforts in the professional schools prepare students to be leaders and professionals of character.

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We host conferences to facilitate broader reflection on leadership and character beyond Wake Forest.

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Learn more about yourself and others through a Call to Conversation.

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We use rigorous research to assess our programs and share our results.