Campus Life Strategic Plan

    Updated May 2019

  • 1. Lead a comprehensive approach to student and community wellbeing
    • ┬áIntegrate the Thrive initiative into all areas of campus and academic life to facilitate a campus culture shift to greater wellbeing
    • Create or enhance peer education programs to address our most salient wellbeing challenges
    • Promote and create infrastructure that supports wellbeing throughout campus departments, student groups, peer leader and student employee roles
    • Leverage the Wake Forest Center for Wellbeing to meet campus needs for learning, engagement, and connection
    • Provide opportunities for all students, faculty, and staff to learn about and demonstrate behaviors that are consistent with the eight dimensions of Thrive
    • Provide national leadership for wellbeing in higher education
  • 2. Cultivate an inclusive community where all students experience a sense of belonging.
    • Develop multiple pathways that enable all students to identify and navigate engagement opportunities
    • Identify under-involved students and develop ways to help them find a niche
    • Leverage the residential living communities to help students form meaningful connections
    • Promote and extend inclusive campus traditions and rituals
    • Evaluate and strengthen orientation and pre-orientation programs for incoming students
    • Evaluate and improve the ways in which campus policies, facilities, and systems support inclusion
    • Expand and promote opportunities for students to learn and collaborate across differences
  • 3. Prepare students to live and lead in a diverse environment with cultural humility.
    • Facilitate opportunities for students and student organizations to examine complex issues from multiple perspectives and communicate across difference
    • Create opportunities for students to identify their beliefs, values, and attitudes and adapt to diverse environments
    • Develop and implement Diversity Action Plans for each Campus Life department
    • Educate Campus Life staff and students regarding how to live out our shared values of diversity, equity, and social justice
  • 4. Foster a culture of peer engagement, leadership, and accountability.
    • Support the ongoing development of strong, effective, and inclusive student groups and organizations
    • Engage students in the design and delivery of campus programs and projects to ensure student voice and relevance
    • Encourage, promote and coordinate the application of bystander principles across the student experience to manage risks, confront potential harm, and extend care in our community
    • Expand and enhance the application of a student leadership development model through employment and volunteer opportunities in order to empower student leaders to engage their peers, support career readiness, and develop transferable skills.
    • Promote and support the growth of campus-wide peer education programs in order to foster leadership development, address key campus challenges, and ensure student-centered approaches
  • 5. Advance operational excellence to support people, systems, and processes
    • Implement strategies to attract and retain a diverse, talented workforce
    • Identify and implement technology solutions that streamline processes and services
    • Foster professional development to enrich the knowledge, skills and abilities of staff and ensure all are equipped to deliver division strategic directions and action plans
    • Utilize assessment, relevant research, and benchmarking to foster continuous improvement and ensure access to, and effective use of, resources
    • Monitor known risks to campus health and safety while developing strategies to prevent, mitigate, and respond to emergent concerns
    • Communicate effectively about the work of the division internally, across campus, and externally