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WFU Divinity School receives grants for new programs


August 4, 2008

Wake Forest University School of Divinity has received grants from three national foundations to implement or expand programs in cultural diversity, counseling and cross-discipline degrees beginning this fall.            

Bill Leonard, dean of the Divinity School, says that divinity schools nationwide are seeking ways to expand their curriculum and faculty in order to respond to the changing needs of the ministerial profession.  “We are honored that these three outstanding foundations would invest in our future,” says Leonard.  “After our first decade at Wake Forest, we need to look to the next stage of our development as a divinity school.  These programs facilitate that progress wonderfully.”         

The grants provide:

  • $207,000 from the Jesse Ball DuPont Foundation to create a position for a full-time pastoral care professor.
  • $148,000 from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation to extend the mentoring role of the school by expanding programs that will help current students and alumni develop ‘best practices’ goals for ministry.
  • $275,000 from the Luce Foundation to expand the curriculum in diversity studies by hiring nationally known black and Hispanic scholars as adjunct professors and curriculum advisors, extending experiential learning programs in urban and international settings, and bringing to campus various lecturers on global issues.          

Leonard says the new and expanded programs are in response to student requests for greater diversity training, and implement elements of the Divinity School’s long-range strategic plans.

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Wake Forest Divinity School students talk outside Wingate Hall one evening after a late class.
Wake Forest Divinity School students talk outside Wingate Hall one evening after a late class.
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