Opportunities Abound – for Students AND Parents and Families

I was at a meeting this morning where we covered a ton of upcoming events.  There are countless ways for your students to be engaged in interesting and exciting activities.  Here’s just a few of them.

2015 MLK Celebrations:  The 2015 Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration is coming up this weekend.  Some of the activities are at Winston-Salem State, and others are on campus.  The 10th Annivesary Gospel Fest in Brendle Recital Hall is not to be missed.

Spring Career Fair, Wednesday, January 21, 12-4 pm, 401 Benson Center.  This is THE place to be to talk about careers and internships.  Open to all WFU students.

Pro+ect, Thursday, January 22 at 7 pm, Brendle Recital Hall.  Join CEES in welcoming three women marine biologists who have dedicated their lives to saving the oceans: world-famous oceanographer and activist Sylvia Earle, renowned coral reef biologist Nancy Knowlton of the Smithsonian, and policy advocate Amanda Leland of the Environmental Defense Fund.

The Pro Humanitate Institute is offering a Summer Nonprofit Immersion Program where students will be exposed to the nonprofit sector and working with them.  An information session will be held on Monday, January 26th at 5 pm in Reynolda Hall 301.

Social Impact Careers Workshop, Wednesday, January 28 at 5 pm, OPCD Innovation Station (230 Reynolda Hall).  Are you looking for an internship or job that is dedicated to change? Do you want to bring a social and environmental lens to a traditional business role? If you answered yes (or maybe) to either of these questions, then this workshop is for you.

Looking to the longer term, there are opportunities for Wake Alternative Break – where students spend their spring break on a service trip doing something in the Pro Humanitate spirit.

There is a Social Justice Retreat that students can sign up for online.

There are International Service Trips that will depart for the Dominican Republic and Rwanda shortly after May finals conclude.  Information is online as well.

Happily, our many avenues of engagement can extend to YOU too!  Here is an opportunity for parents (as well as alumni) to participate in a transformational travel experience to Bali, co-led by the chair of the Wake Forest Religion department and our Senior Advisor for Engagement Strategies.

“Experience the beautiful and enchanting Isle of Bali in the spirit ofPro Humanitate. Explore the Balinese practices of Tri Hita Karana, a Hindu saying meaning, “to live in harmony with the natural world, community and spirit.” From the cultural and artistic hub of Ubud, travel to remote villages nestled in lush rice paddies, to sacred Mount Agung, and to the beaches along the north coast. Observe traditional ceremonies and rituals that the Balinese celebrate in joyful expression of reverence for their ancestors, god, families and the beauty of the natural world that surrounds them.”

Learn more about the trip and find contact information if you wish to sign up, Deac families.

Urge your students to get involved.  Do something amazing this year!  Stretch their boundaries.   And consider this trip to Bali, parents and families.

I bet you my next latte that your Deacs – or you – won’t be sorry for trying something new.


— by Betsy Chapman

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