Diversity and Inclusion

Our Commitment to Diversity

Diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice are essential to the excellence of the Wake Forest University School of Law. We recognize that the pursuit of this excellence requires thoughtful, deliberate, and sustained action and that this effort is critical to our educational mission, as reflected in our community, culture, and curriculum. Our community shares a tradition that embraces freedom and integrity, acknowledges the worth of the individual, and promotes a democratic spirit arising from open-mindedness and discourse. We seek to give life to the University motto Pro Humanitate, as our members translate a passion for knowledge into compassionate service.

Classrooms filled with a mosaic of personalities, experiences, and outlooks contribute to valuable dialogue in our increasingly multicultural world. We value diversity in all of its dimensions, including ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, learning abilities, physical abilities, race, religion, socio-economic status, veteran status, and viewpoint. We seek to reflect these multiple perspectives, backgrounds, and interests in all facets of our community with respectful dialogue, diversity, and inclusion.

We strive to be an inclusive community in which each individual is safe, respected, and valued. In building a community that values similarities and differences among its constituents, we seek to embody in our actions and in our relations with one another the principles of equity and justice as well as the values of honesty, respect, compassion, responsibility, and fairness. We are proud of the close-knit community we endeavor to create and of our pursuit of Pro Humanitate.

Our Non-Discrimination Statement

Wake Forest University is committed to diversity, inclusion, and the spirit of Pro Humanitate. In adherence with applicable laws and as provided by University policies, the University prohibits discrimination in its employment practices and its educational programs and activities on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, disability and veteran status. Additionally, the University promotes the full realization of equal employment opportunity for women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans through its affirmative action program. To file inquiries about the non-discrimination statement, go to about.law.wfu.edu/consumer-information/non-discrimination-statement/.

Bias Incident Reporting System

Wake Forest University has adopted a bias incident reporting system. According to Wake Forest’s website, a bias incident is an act or behavior motivated by the offender’s bias against facets of another’s identity. Bias may be directed toward an individual or group. The expression of controversial ideas and differing views is a vital part of University discourse. While this value of 69 openness protects controversial ideas, it does not protect harassment or expressions of bias or hate aimed at individuals that violate the Student Code of Conduct. If you have experienced or witnessed an incident of bias, you may fill out an anonymous (if you prefer) Bias Incident Report Form. The incident report will be forwarded to the appropriate administrator per the circumstances of the incident.