Charged with serving as the programmatic facilitator of our university motto, Pro Humanitate, the Pro Humanitate Institute (PHI) is a core of learning, teaching, service, and action that transforms the ethos of WFU into an explicit mission connected to clear practices with meaningful social justice outcomes.
We sustain authentic relationships with local and global partners as we work with WFU students, faculty, and staff to encourage deep academic learning, foster transformative civic engagement, and address community-identified needs in order to build more meaningful lives and a more just world.
Melissa Harris-Perry, Executive Director
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Melissa Harris-Perry is the Maya Angelou Presidential Chair at Wake Forest University. There she is the Executive Director of the Pro Humanitate Institute and founding director of the Anna Julia Cooper Center.
Melissa is Editor-in-Large at Elle.com. She hosted the television show “Melissa Harris-Perry” from 2012-2016 on weekend mornings on MSNBC.
She is the author of the award-winning Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought, and Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America.
Harris-Perry received her B.A. degree in English from Wake Forest University and her Ph.D. degree in political science from Duke University. She also studied theology at Union Theological Seminary in New York. Harris-Perry previously served on the faculty of the University of Chicago, Princeton University, and Tulane University.
Mike Ford, Director of Legacy and Philanthropy Programming
Office: Benson 513
Mike Ford serves as the Director of Legacy and Philanthropy Programming for the Pro Humanitate Institute. In this role, he advises and supports student philanthropies, in particular the Brian Piccolo Cancer Fund Drive and their two signature events, Hit the Bricks and Wake’nShake Dance Marathon. MIke co-advises Charge: Wake Emerging Leaders and other student leadership and mentoring programs, including Standing in the Gap and First Year in Focus for men. Mike also works closely with our new students and their families in coordinating the pre-orientation programs and supporting multiple Campus Life educational and community building initiatives offered through new student orientation. Mike is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He and his wife Gayle are proud parents of three daughters and son-in-laws and six grandchildren. His special interests include: running, biking, service, travel, and cheering on the Demon Deacons at any and all athletic events.
Marianne Magjuka, Director of Democratic Engagement and Justice Programs
Office: PHI/AJC House 211
Marianne Magjuka serves as the Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Democratic Engagement and Justice Programs in the Pro Humanitate Institute (PHI). In this role, she directs social justice education, manages sustained and deliberative dialogue programs, and coordinates civic learning and democratic engagement initiatives. Marianne established the branches social justice retreat for students, Institute on Social Justice Practice for staff, Seminar on Nonviolent Social Change, BUILD pre-orientation program, and Civil Rights Tour spring break experience. She is co-director of Wake the Vote. In addition, Marianne oversees civic engagement and direct service programs, and provides strategic direction to the area of civic learning and democratic engagement. She serves on the Campus Climate Implementation Team and functions as part of the Dean of Students team that provides caring outreach, problem-solving, and referral services for students and their families experiencing crisis, specifically related to bias incidents. In Winston-Salem, Marianne serves on the research, education, and advocacy committee of the Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem, is a board member of HandsOn Northwest North Carolina, and a founding member of the Triad Chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice. Marianne received her B.A. and M.Ed. from the University of Notre Dame, and she is pursuing a doctorate in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania.
Shelley Sizemore, Director of Academic Programs and Community Engaged Research
Office: PHI/AJC House 204
Shelley Sizemore serves as Director of Academic Programs and Community Engaged Research in the Pro Humanitate Institute. In this role, she manages the ACE (Academic and Community Engagement) Fellows program for faculty integrating community engaged pedagogies into their teaching and scholarship, the Summer Nonprofit Immersion Program (SNIP), and the Seminar on Non-Violent Social Change. Shelley coordinates PHI’s work with faculty and academic programs, working to increase and assess civically engaged curricula and support faculty and community partners throughout the community engaged learning process. In addition to her role at PHI, Shelley serves as a diversity educator for the university as a Gatekeepers and SafeZone facilitator. She serves as chair of the board of The Shalom Project and on the advisory board for the Kids Cooking Coalition (KCC). Shelley has been at Wake Forest for 7 years as a profession staff person. Prior to her current role, Shelley served as Associate Director of Advocacy Programs and Civic Education in PHI and as Campus Kitchen Coordinator of the Campus Kitchen at Wake Forest. She served as an AmeriCorps*VISTA member for Rebuilding Together in Washington, DC. Shelley received her B.A. and M.A. from Wake Forest University and is pursuing a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations. Her research interests include the histories of institutions of higher education, particularly HBCUs and women’s colleges, the rhetorics of social movements, and the history and contemporary practice of female-identified college student activists.
Kaylan Baxter, Director of Planning and Assessment
Office: PHI/AJC House 205
Kaylan Baxter is Director of Planning and Assessment in the Pro Humanitate Institute (PHI). In her role, she consults PHI staff and students in the creation and implementation of tools to evaluate the impact of programming related to community and civic engagement. Kaylan oversees the internal strategic planning and continuous improvement processes of PHI as well as external capacity-building engagement between PHI and local community-based organizations; she also leads institutional efforts to assess campus climate and organizational equity.
Kaylan holds a B.A. in economics from Wake Forest and an M.A. in education policy from Teachers College at Columbia University. She is an affiliated researcher in the Anna Julia Cooper Center at Wake Forest.
Rolisa Tutwyler, Liaison to the Executive Director and Business Manager for the Pro Humanitate Institute and the Anna Julia Cooper Center on Gender, Race and Politics in the South.
Office: PHI/AJC House 103
Rolisa Tutwyler serves as the Liaison to the Executive Director of the Pro Humanitate Institute and as the Program Administrator for the Anna Julia Cooper Center on Gender, Race and Politics in the South. Prior to coming to Wake Forest she was the client relations manager for Nextions, a consulting firm in Chicago. She also served as the project coordinator for the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture at the University of Chicago.
Kelly Larrimore, Office Manager Program Administrator
Office: Benson 506
Kelly Larrimore currently serves as the Office Manager Program Administrator for the Pro Humanitate Institute. She began her career at Wake Forest University in 2006 working for University Stores. She joined the Division of Campus Life in September of 2008 working with the areas of student development and service. In her role, Kelly serves as the primary administrative contact for the office and works closely with programs and events such as: the Taste of Winston Salem, Hit the Bricks, Project Pumpkin, and Wake ‘n Shake. She also serves as the advisor for D.E.S.K. (Discovering Education through Student Knowledge).
Fahim Gulamali, Assistant Director of Student Engagement and Programming
Office: PHI/AJC House 209
Fahim Gulamali is the Assistant Director of Programming and Student Engagement at the Pro Humanitate Insitute (PHI), where he supports civic engagement programming and PHI initiatives. He received his B.A. from Wake Forest University, where he studied Religion, Anthropology, and Spanish. After graduating, Fahim was the Program Coordinator for the Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN), a national organization that prepares college women for leadership in the public policy arena through seminars in Washington, DC.
Brad Shugoll, Assistant Director of Public Engagement
Office: PHI/AJC House 209
ANNA JULIA COOPER CENTER STAFF
Sara Kugler, Co-Director of the Anna Julia Cooper Center
Office: PHI/AJC 206
Sara Kugler is the Co-Director of the Anna Julia Cooper Center on Gender, Race and Politics in the South, part of the Pro Humanitate Institute. She received her B.A. in Latin American Studies at Tulane University, and joined the Center in Fall of 2011. She has additionally worked at MSNBC as an Associate Producer on the show “Melissa Harris-Perry” and at the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center.
Danielle Parker-Moore, Associate Director of Research and Curricular Support of the Anna Julia Cooper Center
Office: PHI/AJC House 209
Danielle is the Associate Director of Research and Curricular Support for the Anna Julia Cooper Center. She received her B.A. from North Carolina Central University, a Masters from the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research interests include black mothers and their experiences of youth mentoring programs, and first generation and underrepresented students’ access to college and graduate school.