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New Staff Members Join Leadership and Character

Our expanding team will help us extend the Program’s mission at Wake Forest and beyond.

Leadership and Character in the White House

Leadership and Character Scholars Caroline Thompson (’25) and Ritt Culbreth (’24) moderated a Face to Face Student Forum conversation with two renowned presidential historians.

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How Creative Humility Made Students’ Screenplays More Sublime

Cagney Gentry changed parts of his film studies course to encourage curiosity by looking for small stories. The results helped students see a bigger world beyond their own.

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Lessons from our 2023 Course Development and Redesign Workshop

The three-day session was meant to support faculty in integrating leadership and character development into new and existing courses.

Dr. Beth Purvis to lead the Program’s new Educating Character Initiative

The longtime education leader will help the Program in its goal of assisting other colleges and universities in educating character in their own contexts.

A Study Aboard Course Takes Students on a Pilgrimage to Develop Entrepreneurial Leadership

Students walked a section of the Camino de Santiago to examine the intersections of developing entrepreneurial leadership and character virtues while on pilgrimage.

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Our First Class of Leadership & Character Scholars has Graduated. Here’s What They Taught Us.

We interviewed three Scholars and the Director of the Scholars program, Ann Phelps. Here, they talk about what the experience has meant to them in their own words.

Leadership, Power, and Confidence: A Conference for Women by Women

The two-day conference served as an opportunity for women or non-binary students to build confidence, explore their potential as leaders, and connect with a network of peers and campus leaders to support them throughout their leadership journey.

Two Leadership and Character Scholars Reflect on their College Experiences at the Senior Colloquium

During the Senior Colloquium, ten faculty-nominated seniors reflected on their undergraduate experiences and shared the lessons they have learned along the way. This year, two of of Leadership and Character Scholars were among the orators.

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“Educating Character Across the University” Conference Draws More than 200 To Wake Forest

The three-day gathering highlighted promising work on character education at colleges and universities, and strengthened a community of scholars focused on educating character in their contexts.

Wake Forest University Awarded $30M Lilly Endowment Inc. Grant to Build National Capacity for Character Education

Lilly Endowment Inc. has awarded Wake Forest a $30.7 million grant to support the University’s Program for Leadership and Character and create a national higher education network devoted to educating character.

Wake Forest senior Alice Hauser named Rhodes Scholar

Alice Hauser, a Leadership and Character Ambassador and a Principled Pluralism Fellow, has been awarded the Rhodes Scholarship.

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Program Welcomes 15 New Student Ambassadors in 2022

The ceremony recognized students who have engaged with our Program and have been impacted by it.

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‘The Good Place’ creator, Michael Schur, mixes comedy and ethics

For the evening event, about 600 people filled Brendle Hall where Schur shared stories about obsessive mouthwash swishing, a philosopher leaving his corpse to his friend and an incident with a bumper scratch gone viral. 

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