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Wake Forest University strives to be a force for positive change in our community and in the lives of our students.

Through teaching, research, service and professional development programs, the Institute for Public Engagement connects Wake Forest University to its community. Reflecting Wake Forest University’s commitment to the broader good and public interest, the Institute for Public Engagement serves students, faculty and communities at the local, state, national and international levels as a resource for public engagement in of all forms.

The Institute for Public Engagement works across all units of the University. Examples of some of the public engagement at Wake Forest University include:

Research: Faculty and student research at Wake Forest University addresses significant issues facing our society. From pure science research that provides a better understanding of our physical world, to research in the humanities that helps us better understand the human condition, to efforts that seek to solve fundamental problems in our communities, Wake Forest researchers are shaping the way we understand, interpret and live in our world.

Teaching: Wake Forest University values its teachers and the art of teaching. Wake Forest faculty integrate service learning and experiential learning into courses offered in every department and school. By incorporating public engagement into teaching, Wake Forest faculty enhance academic outcomes, serve a community defined need and foster the connection between our students and their world.

Internships: Discerning a clear professional path can be challenging. The Institute for Public Engagement offers a series internship opportunities for students eager to both develop core competencies that will serve them throughout a career while also contributing to their community through work in the public interest.

Sharing Academic Resources: As an anchor institution in the region, Wake Forest University recognizes the value the University’s resources offer to community economic development efforts. Access to Wake Forest University’s academic resources, including the Z. Smith Reynolds Library, research and expertise, is available to the public.

Community Focused Programs: Utilizing the teachers and research of the University, the Institute for Public Engagement offers a limited number of programs that serve needs in our community.

Community Development Efforts: Wake Forest University and the Institute for Public Engagement conduct numerous efforts that promote community development. These include business development, neighborhood improvement efforts and education efforts in our K-12 schools.

Volunteerism: The people at Wake Forest University are its greatest asset. Each year, staff, students and faculty of Wake Forest University contribute thousands of hours of volunteer time to worthwhile efforts in their community.