June 22, 2017
A group of Wake Forest University Trustees and their spouses gathered over dinner on June 22, 2017, on the University campus to discuss leadership and character.
We began by sharing personal experiences of witnessing character in action, some from their professional lives, some from family or community and some from Wake Forest. Themes that emerged include:
We then connected the opening discussion to how character can be taught and modeled to our students at Wake Forest. Our group’s spirited discussion included many observations, concerns and suggestions about student life.
Our group coalesced around the concept of a shared first-year experience to teach character. We discussed the “culture of the cohort” – having something in common to talk about. We offered several ideas for enhancing the first year experinece:
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