Group photo from the C2C in Greenwich, CT on April 11, 2019

A group of Wake Foresters gathered over dinner in Greenwich, CT on April 11, 2019 to discuss Community

Overview and highlights of our Call to Conversation:

  • A major theme of our evening was “All ships rise.” It’s what strikes us as what sets Wake Forest apart. The sense of community is everyone rooting for one another, not stepping over each other.
  • We spoke about the importance of loyalty within communities. We also found common threads in philanthropy – a community works well if they have a common goal or purpose.
  • We discussed the importance of naming community when it is present. Perhaps there is something about having a name to your organization that causes the bonding. There is a personal responsibility to actively being a part of a community. You have to push yourself to be a part of it – it does not necessarily just happen.
  • There is healthy stress on the path to adulthood with the understanding that not everything is easy. This experience and understanding creates resilience.
  • Several participants mentioned community found through travel. It was interesting that a transient community could have so many people who were so helpful to one another.
  • We spoke about the correlation between close community and health (the Roseto effect). It was the strong sense of community that set these people apart. We cannot underestimate the effect of community on health.