Pro Humanitate

Members of the Wake Forest community raise money for cancer research in the annual Hit the Bricks for Brian event on Hearn Plaza

For humanity

Pro Humanitate, “for humanity,” is our guiding philosophy and university motto. Wake Foresters embody the motto in myriad ways – by creating art, conducting research, mentoring peers, or connecting with others in the local community. In his piece The Meaning of a Motto, professor James Powell notes, “Pro Humanitate calls us to consider what we are as human beings and what constitutes genuine human flourishing.”

The idea of Pro Humanitate is at the center of the Wake Forest experience. As the hub of community-based activity at Wake Forest, the Office of Civic & Community Engagement (OCCE) offers multiple pathways to involvement. Whether you are interested in leading philanthropic programs like Hit the Bricks and Wake ‘N Shake; tutoring school children; fighting food insecurity through the Campus Kitchen; or advocating for a cause, the OCCE will help you put our motto into action.

Did You Know?  

Since 1980, the ‘Hit the Bricks’ cancer research fundraiser has raised more than $3 million for cancer research.

Wake Forest students in the SPARC pre-orientation program lay out and install pre-made wall sections at a Habitat for Humanity build site.
Members of the Wake Forest community plant 300 gem box holly shrubs along the garden borders at Reynolda House Museum of American Art as part of Pro Humanitate Days.
Wake Forest students paint desks for local elementary school students at the annual volunteer service project DESK.

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