A group of Undergraduate, Graduate Students, Faculty, and Staff gathered over dinner in the Benson Center on Monday, November 26, 2018, to discuss Honor.

Overview and highlights of our Call to Conversation:

  • One common thread we noted was that acts of honor are not necessarily highly visible, but do require initiative, which is supplied by many of the small and deliberate good acts we take.
  • Examples of honorable acts would be students sharing notes with others from a missed class or someone helping a professor carrying a heavy load open a door. We then drew a distinction between those acts and following the honor code, and found that not violating the honor code is only enough to be considered not dishonorable.
  • As the meal progressed, several discussion participants raised concerns about how Wake Forest might be losing some of its culture of honor.
  • Finally, we discussed several ways we might restore and grow honor at Wake Forest. We noted the importance of practicing internal control, which is crucial for building honorable character, and agreed that honor should be reframed more positively for the student body.