Community-Based Projects

Community-Based Projects

Many faculty members at Wake Forest leverage their scholarly skills towards community goals through engagement in and leadership of ongoing projects with community partners and residents. PHI is an enthusiastic thought and resource partner in support of this work. Below are just a few of examples.  If you are a faculty member and would like your ongoing community-based projects featured on this page, please contact Shelley Sizemore at   


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  • Paisley Sports Literacy Project

    The Sports Literacy Program,launched on site at Paisley IB Magnet Middle School in the Boston Thurmond Neighborhood, represents a realization of Dr. Alan Brown’s (Education) teaching and research interests that also addresses a community identified need. The program has four goals: support youth through academic, social and community engagement; empower students who are interested in sports to read and write for enjoyment; explore social issues that affect the lives of adolescents and young adults through literature; and improve literacy skills and practices that support learning across content areas and promote college and career readiness. For more information about the program and Dr. Brown’s research visit


    Dr. Leah McCoy (Education) led an effort in 2013 with faculty across the sciences to start the annual STEM @ Wake day as an opportunity for local high schoolers with a passion for STEM to experience what this research is like on a college campus. Every year over 100 students from 10 area public high schools come to campus for the day with their science teachers, attending lectures, participating in lab demos, and meeting faculty, undergrads, and graduate students conducting research in the STEM fields. PHI is proud to sponsor this annual event along with University Admissions and Wake Downtown.   

  • IMPROVment

    Since 2012, Associate Provost Christina Soriano (Dance) has regularly taught a community dance class in Winston-Salem, NC to people living with Parkinson’s Disease, and has been involved in three scientific studies that look at the ways improvisational dance can help the mobility and balance of people living with neurodegenerative disease.  In partnership with Senior Services, Professor Soriano has worked to scale this class and this method for other seniors in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County.  She has received funding from the National Parkinson Foundation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC, and most recently the NIH to conduct a randomized clinical trial, testing her improvisational dance method in a community of adults living with Mild Cognitive Impairment and their carepartners.  For more information on Professor Soriano’s classes, research, and published work, visit  

  • Latina/o Mentoring Program

    Dr. Betina Wilkinson (Politics/LALS) and other faculty in the Latin American and Latino/a Studies (LALS) department together with Dr. Danielle Parker-Moore in the Education department partner with the Hispanic League for a mentoring program for Latina/o middle and high school students in Winston-Salem. The program matches WFU undergrad mentors with mentees affiliated with the Hispanic League for a relationship lasting at least two years. Students interested in participating in this program should reach out to one of the faculty members listed above or to Silvia Correa in LALS. For more information visit their website.