Pro Humanitate

Wake 'N Shake

It’s not about you.

It’s about us, and the greater meaning of what it means to be human. Our motto, Pro Humanitate (For Humanity), is a calling to use our knowledge, talents and compassion to better the lives of others. It can mean donating time and resources to our communities or simply a lifelong commitment to pursuing our best self. No matter your personal interpretation, it’s an opportunity to leave the world better than we found it.

Wake ‘N Shake

In ten years, this 12-hour dance marathon has generated more than $2 million for the Brian Piccolo Cancer Research Fund. The 2019 event set a record by raising $430,000.

Wake Alternative Break

In the past six years (2014-19); 438 students; 496,202 round-trip miles; from Earth to the Moon and back for a single traveler to 15 locations for 20 projects over their spring break. Collectively, they have volunteered more than 7,000 hours of community service to various causes.

MLK Day of Service

During the MLK day of service, 40 Wake Forest Students host approximately 150 children from the Winston-Salem community for a morning of education and reading.

Project Pumpkin

This annual service event brings nearly 1,000 children from local agencies, schools and nonprofit organizations to campus for entertainment, education and games within a safe environment.

Wake Saturdays

Every Saturday, Wake Forest students serve sandwiches to the homeless community in downtown Winston-Salem.

Campus Kitchen

Approximately 900 meals per month are provided to Winston-Salem residents through the efforts of the University’s Campus Kitchen program, a nationwide service founded at Wake Forest that safely repurposes food originally prepared for — but never served to — students in various campus facilities.

Wake Forest University President Dr. Nathan O. Hatch

“From the inception of this University, the vision was one of graduates capable of applying the lessons learned here for the good of humanity. Fulfilling our Pro Humanitate motto requires education to extend beyond the classroom.

I have come to think of educating the whole person as requiring a commitment to five core elements: intellectual curiosity, character, wellness, global awareness and innovation.”

— President Nathan O. Hatch,
from his speech “Where We Stand

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