What’s New

Here’s how Wake Forest students and others can plug in to Leadership and Character:

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  • 🎓 Our first class of Leadership and Character Scholars has graduated. Here’s what some of them said about their time with our Program.
  • 🏆 Leadership and Character Scholar Iyana Trotman helped the Wake Forest Debate team win the 2023 National Debate Tournament. Read the full story here.
  • 📚 We are offering summer and fall courses that will help you dive into deep questions next semester. Read more about our classes here.
  • 🗣 The Lilly Endowment Inc. has awarded Wake Forest a $30.7 million grant to support our Program and create a national higher education network devoted to educating character. 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.


Senior Orators Reflect On Their College Experience
U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo visits Wake Forest University
$8.6 million Kern Family Foundation Grant Funds Character and the Professions Programs

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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.