With a mix of in-person, online, and hybrid classes this is an unusual semester. However, the Office of Civic & Community Engagement (OCCE) is still here to connect students, faculty, and staff to the greater Winston-Salem community through meaningful opportunities in the areas of service, leadership, social justice, election engagement, and community-based learning.
Through a mix of in-person and virtual opportunities, the OCCE has both new and re-imagined programs lined up for the fall with options like Virtual Tutoring, Deacs Decide, Hit The Bricks, and more. All programs will be listed on The Link through the OCCE Page.
Due to physical distancing requirements, staff will rotate time in the OCCE office, Benson 506. Students can schedule an appointment with a staff member by submitting this form. In addition, the OCCE is always reachable through email.
Fall 2020 Programs
Building The Movement
[New for 2020] Building the Movement seeks to bring students together to answer the question of “How did we get here?” Participate in teach-ins with different local and state organizations, learn about opportunities to engage in social change work, and build skills. Applications due September 4 @ 5 p.m. EDT.
The Campus Kitchen is up and running. Pick up a shift, and help us repurpose unused food from campus and local grocery stores to feed those in need. Attend an interest session on Sept. 7 @ 3:30 p.m. EDT.
Civic Leadership Program
[New for 2020] Learn more about the city that we live in through a deep dive into the landscape of Winston-Salem. Each meeting will focus on a report released by a city entity with a focus on justice, educational equity, health & nutrition, and economic empowerment. Join one or all sessions. Save the dates: Sept. 10 & 24, Oct. 8 & 22, Nov. 5
Critical Community Lunch
[New for 2020] Every Thursday from 12- 1 p.m. EDT, join Assistant Director for Social Justice and Advocacy, Deb Marke online for lunch and a discussion about critical issues impacting our community. All are welcome to join; topics change weekly.
Learn about civic identity, social action, and how to make a positive change in your community by working alongside local nonprofits through this year-long leadership and civic action program.
Join Deacs Decide during the 2020 election. A non-partisan, campus-wide political engagement project, Deacs Decide raises awareness about issues at stake in American elections. Register to vote and join us at events this fall!
Hit The Bricks
Each year, Wake Forest students, faculty, and staff come together in the fight against cancer, running and walking laps for the day for Hit The Bricks. This year may look a little different, but we’re still dedicated to supporting the Brian Piccolo Cancer Research Fund.
Oral History Podcast
[New for 2020] Work in teams to conduct oral history interviews and work on the “Behind the Face Mask: Stories of COVID-19” Podcast, which focuses on the impact of COVID-19 throughout Winston-Salem. Applications due by September 5 @ 5 p.m. EDT.
Project Pumpkin is a fall tradition that brings children in Winston-Salem to campus for educational activities, games, and treats. Prior to the event, WFU students connect with local schools and raise money for educational programs throughout WSNC.
Social Justice Book Club
[New for 2020] Students, join your peers to explore books on race, gender, immigration, poverty, or criminal justice reform through guided conversation. Up next: Good and Mad by Rebecca Traister. Students accepted through September 2 @ 11:59 p.m. EDT.
[New for 2020] If tutoring isn’t your thing, but you still want to make a difference in the community, check out our virtual mentoring programs with Big Brothers Big Sisters and the music department.
[New for 2020] Tutor a local Winston-Salem/Forsyth County K-12 student once per week, via hour-long virtual sessions. Get paired with a student based on your expertise, preference, and schedule. Due to demand, tutors are needed and accepted on a rolling basis through October 1, 2020.