BUILD (Building University Inclusion and Leadership through Diversity), is a week-long immersion program in Winston-Salem that introduces first-year students to concepts of social justice, intercultural communication, and social change.

During the week, students work in teams to learn about various vibrant cultural communities in Winston-Salem. With their upper-class mentors, incoming students will consider their role and responsibility as citizens in Winston-Salem, identify social justice themes, and learn more about intercultural communication strategies. Students will visit nonprofit organizations, museums, and local agencies.

Participants are accepted on a rolling basis, with notification of acceptance sent within 10 days of applications being received. Specific program details will be available in early August.

Once you are accepted, you are required to submit a $350.00 participation fee. The fee covers all program activities, early move-in fees, transportation, and food for the program dates.  You may pay by check or wire transfer:

Checks should be made out to Wake Forest University with the student’s name in the subject line and mailed to the address below:

BUILD c/o Marianne Magjuka
Pro Humanitate Institute
Box 7526
1834 Wake Forest Road
Winston Salem, NC 27109

Wire Transfer
Wake Forest University has partnered with peerTransfer to streamline the payment process for those paying from bank accounts located outside of the U.S. With peerTransfer, you can pay from any country and any bank.  You are offered excellent foreign exchange rates, allowing you to pay in your home currency (in most cases). You will also be able to track where your payment is in the transfer process via a student dashboard. An email confirmation will be sent to you when your payment is received by the school.

In order to identify where wire proceeds are to be applied, please include the following information:
Full name of student
Student ID number (if available)
Please select “OTHER” under “Payment Type” and enter “BUILD” to the comment
To begin the process, please visit
For questions, please contact PeerTransfer at:

Financial Aid
Limited financial aid is available for students for which the program fee would be a financial burden.  Students in need of financial aid should indicate so on their applications; we seek to provide funding for all participants.  There are two ways that accepted students may pay for the program.  No payment is required to apply.

Program Information

Application Deadline: July 15
Move-in: August 18
Program: August 18-21

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.  Please allow at least a week after submission to hear back about your acceptance. Apply here.

Marianne Magjuka (