We are heartbroken. We hold Najee Ali Baker, his family, and the entire Winston-Salem State University community in our thoughts, and we mourn the tragic loss of life on our campus. To our students, we are here for you. Please know that counseling and support services are available. The Wake Forest Counseling Center will hold drop-in office hours on Saturday, January 20 from 3 p.m.- 7 p.m. and Sunday, January 21 from 2 p.m.- 5 p.m. The Intercultural Center, Office of the Chaplain, and Magnolia Scholars Office will also have enhanced staff presence on campus.
A vigil to honor Najee Baker will be held at the Winston-Salem State Clock Tower on Wednesday, January 24th from 5-6 p.m. Wake Forest will operate a shuttle on a first come, first served basis that will depart the Benson University Center Circle at 4 p.m.
In addition, we recognize the anger and pain that many students are feeling in reaction to a racist video posted on social media. Vice President of Campus Life, Dr. Penny Rue, sent an email this morning, acknowledging the “deeply troubling video,” and denouncing “racist and discriminatory behaviors” at Wake Forest University. PHI remains committed to working with students, faculty, and staff to create a more just and equitable community.
The Social Justice Incubator, located in the bottom level of Campus Kitchen in Kitchin Hall, is open to all students, and will have extended hours this weekend. Over the next days and weeks, know that we will continue to offer space of support and community in both SJI and the Pro Humanitate Institute. Please reach out to our staff and the many other resources on campus.