Steering Committee Members

  • Michele Gillespie, Provost, Ex-Officio
  • Dean Franco, Professor of English, Director of Humanities Institute
  • Derek Hicks, Associate Professor of Religion and Culture – Director, Center for Research, Engagement, and Collaboration in African American Life, SRMP Co-Chair
  • Brenda A. Latham-Sadler, Sr. Associate Dean, Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Associate Professor, Family and Community Medicine, Wake Forest School of Medicine
  • Terry Brock, Director of CHARG and Manager of Archaeology and Research, Wake Forest Historical Museum, SRMP Co-Chair
  • Nina Lucas, Department Chair, Theatre & Dance, Professor of Dance
  • Keenon Mann, President of AWFUBA
  • Sean T. McClure, SRMP Project Manager
  • Raisur Rahman, Associate Professor of History
  • Dani Parker Moore,  Assistant Professor of Multicultural Education and Director of the Schools, Education, and Society Minor
  • Gregory Parks, Professor of Law
  • Sarah Soleim, Manager of Community and Academic Programs at the Wake Forest Historical Museum
  • Joseph Soares, Professor of Sociology
  • Barry Trachtenberg, Rubin Presidential Chair of Jewish History
  • Mary Tribble, Senior Advisor for Engagement Strategies
  • José Villalba, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer
  • Corey D.B. Walker, Wake Forest Professor of the Humanities, Director, The Program in African American Studies, Interim Dean, Divinity School
  • Tanya Zanish-Belcher, Director of Special Collections & Archives, Z. Smith Reynolds Libary


  • Built History/Original Campus: The charge is to identify and facilitate opportunities for research, teaching, and engagement around the early history as it relates to the original campus and the town of Wake Forest. The built landscape will provide context to encourage and support learning about the lives of the enslaved people who worked and lived on the campus, as well as the legacies of slavery that shaped the college prior to the move to Winston-Salem.
  • Scholarly Engagement (Lecture Series):  The charge is to develop a theme for the year, choose another “signature” speaker to invite, and think about alternative types of events (public conversations, panel discussions, intimate discussion groups) to engage the broader Wake Forest University Community.
  • Faculty/Student Engagement: The charge is to develop a proposal to encourage course development and sustainable curricular enhancements (i.e., new departments, programs, targeted hiring, a conference on course development around slavery and race).
  • Enhancing Traditions: The charge is to identify campus “traditions” (i.e., Founders Day), and to draft a proposal for suggested modifications to make these events more inclusive of the entire campus history and reflect diversity of community.



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