Wake Forest students hold the annual Africasa event to celebrate African and Caribbean culture, in the Benson Center

Different. Together.

Diversity, inclusion and respect are foundational elements within a deeply personal education. Because they represent the right thing to do, and because ignoring the power of diversity defies the purpose of education. Open minds absorb new perspectives and experiences, and more readily explore the complex challenges that hone vision and propel potential. Actively seeking common ground and an understanding of our differences prepares students for the diverse world that awaits them. Anything less would be shortsighted. That enduring commitment is why we were one of the first southern schools to desegregate, become co-educational and make standardized testing optional.

  • Wake Forest has 30% racial and ethnic diversity (Fall 2018)
  • 58%: Increase in ethnic diversity in just the past six years (Fall 2010 to Fall 2018).
  • At least 20: Languages spoken (estimate)
  • At least 17: Religious traditions represented (estimate)
  • > 50: Foreign countries represented (Fall 2019)
  • 48: U.S. states represented (Fall 2019) → (Alaska and North Dakota, we’re looking for you)

Wake Forest students represent 585 U.S. counties or equivalent areas. That’s nearly one of every five nationwide. They include Orange (N.C.) and Yellowstone (Mont.); Limestone (Ala.) and Mineral (W.Va); and Adams (Colo.), Cleveland (Okla.), Jackson (Mo.), Jefferson (Texas), Johnson (Ind.), Madison (Ga.), Monroe (Pa.), Polk (Iowa), Washington (Ore.) and Wilson (Tenn.)

Office of Diversity and Inclusion


The Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Team develops and articulates the institutional approach to fostering a diverse and inclusive campus community. We work collaboratively with faculty, administrators, staff, and students to create a campus culture that transforms the driving assumptions underlying our policies, the allocation of resources and the synthesis of institutional practices to assure our increasingly diverse population receives equitable treatment.

WFU Intercultural Center

Celebrating difference. Growing together.

The Intercultural Center is committed to enhancing the experience of domestic and international underrepresented groups by offering co-curricular programming, advising and advocacy that enhances intercultural knowledge, competency and leadership. By promoting a welcoming environment, we strive to uphold the Wake Forest mission of Pro Humanitate.

LGBTQ Center

Feel free to be yourself.

The LGBTQ Center provides support and advocacy to Wake Forest University’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning students, faculty and staff, and education to the entire campus community about issues of gender identity and sexual orientation.

WFU Women's Center

You belong here.

The Women’s Center strives to create an educational and professional environment that supports women and promotes gender equity. We foster safe spaces to reflect on individual and collective experiences and identities; develop co-curricular programming around women’s and gender issues; advance professional development; and identify and advocate for policies to improve gender climate and inclusive practices at the institution. As part of the Office of the Provost, the Women’s Center works with and advocates for students, faculty, and staff, and is open to all members of our community interested in thinking critically about gender issues.

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