BUILD (Building University Inclusion and Leadership through Diversity), is a four-day immersion program 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 and local agencies.

Specific program details, like the daily schedule, will be available in early August.

Program Fee:

There is a $350 program fee due upon acceptance into the program. The fee covers housing, transportation, food and entertainment for the duration of the program.

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. No payment is required to apply.

Program Information

Application Deadline: July 15
Move-in: August 17
Program: August 17-20
Program Cost: $350

B.U.I.L.D accepts students on a rolling basis and is open until filled. Students are accepted in the order that they apply and there is not a waitlist.

Interested students can access the Wake Forest common application for Pre-Orientation here.


Contact Irving Zavaleta-Jimenez.