What’s New

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

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  • 🎓 Cornel West’s discussion will kick off our Educating Character Across the University Conference (Dec 1-3). Educators at Wake Forest and beyond can register here.
  • 📚 Alice Hauser named Rhodes Scholar. Read the full story here.
  • 🎬 “Other People Matter” Watch or listen to our Program’s entire conversation with TV writer and producer Michael Schur here.
  • 💼  We’re Hiring! The Program is expanding, thanks to an $8.6 M grant from the Kern Family Foundation. See open 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.


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.

Leadership and Character Scholars Helen Haile (‘23) and Cate Pitterle (‘24) moderated @facetofacewfu Student Forum discussion with @nytimes columnist Tom Friedman this week. They asked the questions, but also heard about the value of listening.

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Join us for a Conversation with Cornel West on December 1 at 6 p.m. in Wait Chapel. Dr. Cornel West, the author, activist, philosopher, public intellectual, and civil rights leader will take part in a moderated discussion about character and education. This event is FREE, open to the public, and requires no registration. See you there!

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It’s publication day for our executive director, @k.michael.lamb!

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Hey all! The “Rebound From Setbacks: Academic Resources and Resilience Carnival” is coming up on Thursday! It’s not set up yet, so we did our best to show you what you’ll see and what you can do.

Brought to you by @wfu.class, @wake_sg, and @leadershipandcharacter.

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Michael Schur’s closing thought from his visit to @wfuniversity: Other people matter.

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Does good leadership exist? Let’s talk about it! Join us tomorrow at 5 p.m. in Starling Hall for a Call to Conversation. Sign up on the “The Link” for an evening of dinner, conversation, and connection!

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Find out next week. "How To Be Perfect: An Evening With Michael Schur." Monday, October 17. 7:30 p.m. Brendle Recital Hall. Wake Forest University. Free. Be there.

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7:30 p.m. October 17. Brendle Recital Hall. Mose and Dwight Schrute would want you to leave the office and be there.

More info at the link in our bio.

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Make sure you book it over to Starling Hall.

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