A call to conversation

The following message was sent to students, faculty, and staff

Dear students, faculty and staff,

Authentic conversation is a gift we enjoy at Wake Forest. It expands our minds through classroom debate, delights us as we share stories over lunch and connects us when we find common ground with faculty and classmates. Most of all, conversation is an opportunity to bridge the divide that separates us from others.

Today, I invite you to answer the Call to Conversation, Wake Forest’s national movement to build community through genuine face-to-face engagement. Meaningful conversation has always been the cornerstone of the Wake Forest experience, and a Call to Conversation offers another opportunity to form real relationships based on empathy and mutual respect.

The program will also facilitate authentic engagement beyond traditional campus boundaries. As we continue to enhance the student experience and strengthen our University community, our goal is to broadly extend the reach of Wake Forest’s culture of conversation.

Call to Conversation features moderated small-group discussions among 10-16 individuals, usually over a meal, on a single, meaningful topic. As the conversation unfolds, the group begins to talk more openly, share personal narratives and insights, and truly listen to one another.

Several Wake Forest parents, alumni and students have already participated in a Call to Conversation, which was introduced last fall on a smaller scale to facilitate deliberate planning and implementation of the program. The response was immediate and overwhelming, and we are extremely excited to share a Call to Conversation with you.

Please enjoy the Call to Conversation video. To find out more and to express interest in participating in a Call to Conversation, please visit c2c.wfu.edu.

I look forward to watching this program grow into a signature Wake Forest experience.


Nathan O. Hatch


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Orientation 2018 slide shows

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