January 8, 2020

The January meeting took place from 9:00 – 10:30am on Wednesday, January 8, 2020, in the ZSR Auditorium.

Guest Speakers: Members of the Office of Civic & Community Engagement.

Marianne Magjuka (Assistant Dean, Executive Director)Office of Civic & Community Engagement (new name since August 2019) Formerly Pro Humanitate Institute (before PHI:  Office of Service & Social Action, Institute for Public Action)


  • The Office of Civic & Community Engagement (OCCE) is the hub of community-based activity at Wake Forest University. 
  • In the spirit of pro humanitate, we engage community partners, faculty, staff, and students to create meaningful social change. 
  • The Office aims to leverage resources, build capacity, and incubate community initiatives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and beyond.

Significant changes with new organization. Centralized space for all schools within the University to connect with community partners.

Service & Leadership

  • Campus tradition programs
  • Campus Kitchen – serve roughly 11,000 meals annually, especially important in local “food deserts.”
  • Kids Cooking Coalition
  • Volunteer Service Corps
  • Dash Corps 
  • K-12 Tutoring and Mentoring Programs
  • Hit the Bricks
  • Wake N Shake
  • Pump Up for Piccolo
  • Pre-Orientation (SPARC, Deacon Camp)
  • Civic Scholars
  • Wake Alternative Break

Advocacy/Social Justice Education

  • Social justice incubator – under Campus Kitchen
  • Social Justice theme house
  • Branches retreat
  • Coordinates election engagement efforts – Deacs Decide
  • Seminar on Nonviolent Social Change
  • Civil Rights Tour
  • College Advocacy Summit
  • Dialogue Programs 
  • Deacs Decide Election Engagement 
  • Training (e.g. UndocuPeers, Organizing and Advocacy, etc.)
  • BUILD Pre-Orientation Program 

Community Partners

  • Satellite office at 915 Bridge St, blue building behind the Porch
  • Knowledge communities
  • Conference space available
  • ACE fellows
  • Summer nonprofit immersion program
  • High-skilled volunteer program
  • Community Engagement mapping project- understanding where the WFU community has partner organizations. Actual map by focus area (education, arts, advocacy, etc). On the OCCE website.
  • AmeriCorps VISTA – has gone from 4 to 19 programs  since 2016

Shelly Sizemore (Director of Community Partnerships)– Discussed skills-matching for volunteer efforts. What skills do you have that might be helpful for a nonprofit? Fill out their survey on the OCCE website. Also, see the Community Partner Directory map to learn about opportunities throughout the community.

Jennifer Rubin (Operations Manager)– Special events or people that should be shared for recognition. Send to Jennifer!

Camry Wilborn (Assistant Director of Community Partnerships)– Always looking for faculty/staff volunteers. Especially for Lunch Buddies at Cook Elementary School, and with at-risk high school seniors. 

Deb Marke (Assistant Director, Advocacy & Social Justice Education)– Help with Deacs Decide! 

Brad Shugoll (Associate Director, Service & Leadership)– Campus Traditions are not just for students! Faculty and Staff should join in on the fun, individually or as departments. (Project Pumpkin, Hit the Bricks, etc.)


Communications – Met jointly with Events, to join efforts in increasing visibility of events. Considering a promo video to encourage attendance at the annual picnic. Have drafted top-down letter encouraging people managers to encourage their staff to attend.

Events – Staff Picnic- Set for June 2nd on Manchester Plaza. Rain location secured. Working with Communications committee on save the date and other upcoming announcements.

Fringe Benefits – Committee will be meeting soon. Be sure to check out new benefits as of Jan 1 (as noted in January newsletter). Also, little plug for January Jump Start with Campus Rec. Check it out!

Membership –  Every committee is full. No one leaving, no new members.  

Pro Humanitate – Continuing 3rd Thursday Ronald McDonald House meals. 3pm-5:30pm. Can always use volunteers! Kids 10 and up are welcome with an adult.  Pro Humanitate Day- End of April, more news coming. 


Capital Planning Advisory –  Meeting soon

Faculty Senate– Last meeting Nov 20. Presentation by Pete Brubaker (athletic rep to NCAA). Academic Excellence presentation by Dean Gillesppe with goals. University Priorities Committee created. Ombudsperson Program a possibility. Meets again next week.  See additional notes here.  

Parking & Transportation –  Met in Nov. to review appeals. Meeting again on the 16th. 

Tree Advisory – No updates.

Council on Inclusion and Diversity – Save-the-Date for the Racial Equity Institute on January 20, 2020 (register here); please note that those staff members who attend University-sponsored Martin Luther King Day events during the January 20, 2020, holiday may be credited with administrative leave to be utilized at a future date. This administrative leave must be equal to the amount of time spent attending the events, scheduled in advance with the relevant supervisor, and utilized within the 2020 calendar year. 

Finance Advisory – No Update

Campus Rec Advisory Board – January Jumpstart in full swing. All group fitness classes are free this week!

Professional Development Advisory Board – New Leadership Program called Leading at Wake! Information in latest PDC newsletter. Click here to learn more.


Flu Shots next week! Monday and Thursday at PDC. Click here to get yours.

General Announcements

February SAC meeting guest speaker: Emily Neese, Vice President of Strategy and Operations, who will provide an update on building and construction projects on and off campus.

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