Wake Forest maintains a diverse and inclusive environment to enable all participants to contribute their full potential in pursuit of University objectives and personal success. With that in mind, online and virtual courses have been developed to assist in the search and selection of faculty and staff positions.

Our commitment

The final report of the President’s Commission on Race, Equity, and Community outlined 20 strategic recommendations and introduced the RIDE Framework, which grounds our institution-wide inclusion and equity goals.  As an outgrowth of the recommendations regarding equity and employment and sustaining a more welcoming campus climate, all hiring managers for permanent position vacancies — both academic and administrative — must participate in this educational opportunity on inclusive hiring. 

Our guiding philosophy

Reflecting the diversity of thought and life experiences of the full range of Wake Forest students, alumni, faculty, staff, and the local and global community in which we are engaged is fundamental to the realization of Pro Humanitate. A first step in creating and sustaining cultural change is exploring personal and institutional practices that have the power to undermine equity.

Online Workday Modules

Begin the Inclusive Search and Selection Process by first completing the Online Workday Module (asynchronous) and then joining an optional Virtual Inclusive Search Lab (synchronous) if you would like supplemental support in your search process. Click the appropriate link below to learn more about inclusive search and selection strategies for…

Recruitment Support

Consultation and Tailored Presentations: HR and PDC team members are available to host tailored meetings and/or offer individual consultation sessions to review inclusive search best practices with search chairs, search committees, departments, and larger academic units. Email askHR@wfu.edu to request assistance

Recruitment Sourcing Support: Your WFU-HR Recruiter is available to discuss diverse recruiting databases and sourcing resources. Email wakejobs@wfu.edu to request assistance.

Before, During, and After the Search:

Unconscious Bias

Unconscious (or implicit) bias refers to social stereotypes about groups of people that individuals form outside their own conscious awareness. One’s age, gender, gender identity, physical abilities, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, socioeconomic status, geographic location, political affiliation, personality, education, family status, physical size, and many other characteristics are subject to bias.

Research studies indicate that women and underrepresented groups are more likely to face unconscious bias in the hiring process, which may manifest through phrases such as:

  • “The applicant isn’t a good cultural fit for campus.”
  • “The applicant doesn’t possess a degree from schools from which we typically hire.”
  • “There’s just something strange about the applicant that I can’t put my finger on.”
  • “The applicant’s accent seemed odd.”
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“Implicit Bias: Peanut Butter, Jelly and Racism” video from the PBS POV series.
Check Our Bias to Wreck Our Bias Video
“Check Our Bias to Wreck Our Bias” video from the PBS POV series.
“What is Unconscious Bias” video from Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion

Wake Forest University Human Resources

P.O. Box 7424, Winston-Salem, NC 27109 
askHR@wfu.edu |  P 336.758.4700 |  F 336.758.6127