What’s New

  • Jesmyn Ward—author, professor, and MacArthur Genius Grant recipient—will kick off a major conference hosted by the Educating Character Initiative (ECI) on behalf of the Program for Leadership and Character at Wake Forest University. The conference, Educating Character Across Differences: Cultivating Communities of Character in the University, will be held December 5-7, 2024, at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC.
  • More ECI News:
    NEW: Learn about the first 13 recipients of individual ECI grants.
    Learn more and apply for a grant.
    Register for online workshops on how to educate character in the university.
  • 🍽️ The Service and Supper Mini-Grant application is now open! The Service and Supper Mini-Grant provides $50-$500 grants to support events held by WFU Graduate and Professional Schools Student Organizations. Apply today!
  • 💼 We’re hiring! We are looking for an engaged, creative, and committed teacher-scholar to join our team as an Assistant Teaching Professor and a Senior Research Scholar to join our Educating Character Initiative. Apply for these positions 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.