During your students’ four years on campus, we hope that they will be increasingly aware of our University motto of Pro Humanitate (for humanity). As a component of Pro Humanitate – and in celebration of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday observance – we hope your students might begin to consider the idea of social justice and what it means to them. We hope that they will also reflect on the notion of service and citizenship – and what role they might play in as they take their place in society after graduation.
This past year, Wake Forest formed the Pro Humanitate Institute, which is a centralized place for both academic and extracurricular activities around service, community engagement, and social justice. From the PHI website:
“Since 1908, “Pro Humanitate” has been Wake Forest’s guiding principle. Today, ‘For Humanity’ inspires Wake Foresters to seek ways to use their knowledge and skills to invest in each other, their lives on campus and in the lives of others in local, regional and global communities.
In classrooms and organizations campuswide, students, faculty and staff are conducting research that is changing lives, designing classes with service-learning components and volunteering their time and talents. Wake Forest’s new Pro Humanitate Institute will be a central place to organize and share ideas that will help improve how the University interacts with the world.
‘The Institute will energize and expand on a host of relevant activities already underway, while inspiring new ideas for connecting a Wake Forest education with a deep and abiding commitment to improving lives by engaging our campus and surrounding communities in vital ways,’ said Provost Rogan Kersh.
The new Institute is consolidating Wake Forest’s various community engagement efforts, including the former Institute for Public Engagement, which sponsored teaching and research along with local outreach, as well as the former Office of Service and Social Action, which facilitated opportunities for students to connect with the community, serve others and explore social-justice issues.”
How can your students plug into issues of service and social justice? The Pro Humanitate sponsors activities and programs across a broad spectrum. Encourage your Deac to get out of his or her comfort zone and try a new activity this semester with the PHI.