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WFU School of Law opens Office of Community Outreach

Wake Forest University School of Law has opened the Smith Anderson Office of Community Outreach within the Worrell Professional Center.

The office houses the law school’s Pro Bono Project and Public Interest Law Organization, WFU said. The office’s opening was funded with a donation from the Raleigh law firm Smith Anderson and its attorneys.

“The lawyers of Smith Anderson have set high standards not only in the practice of law but also in service to their communities and to the organizations that enrich the lives of everyone,” said Suzanne Reynolds, the law school’s dean.

The firm has a long relationship with Wake Forest University. Smith Anderson attorneys and Wake Forest alumni Gerald Roach and Sarah Fox both serve in leadership roles with the university. Roach was recently elected vice chairman of the university’s board of trustees, and Fox serves on the law school’s board of visitors.

WSSU program focuses on black males in the classroom

A new program at Winston-Salem State University is focused on addressing a national demand for getting more black males in nation’s elementary and secondary schools.

The program is designed to attract African-American males interested in the teaching profession and providing them an opportunity to pursue the career, WSSU said. As North Carolina considers strategies to address the alarming decline in the number of people entering the field of teaching.

WSSU is doing its part to increase teacher productivity and quality through its Educator Preparation Program. About 7.5 percent of male students are black compared to less than 2 percent male teachers who are black in public schools nationwide, according to several studies.

“Each year enrollment in elementary and secondary schools across North Carolina and the nation have become increasingly diverse, yet teachers are still mostly white and female,” said Gregory Henderson, assistant professor and WSSU department of Education faculty member.

Henderson created the program in 2014 with the core objective to increase African-American male involvement and retention in the educational environment, WSSU said. M-STRONG stands for Men (who are) Spectacular Teachers Responding to Ongoing National Goals (in Education).

The four primary goals of this unique program are: to prepare African-American education majors to become skilled teachers; to increase retention of black male education majors; to build a professional network of black male educators; and to increase recruitment black men to the teaching profession.

Wake Forest students to take dance class with Emily Schoen

Keigwin + Company’s Emily Schoen, a dancer and choreographer, will lead a master class with Wake Forest University dance students at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday in the dance classroom behind Scales Fine Arts Center.

The class will focus on expansive and expressive movement. Her series of exercises will “encourage dancers to move powerfully by eating up space, while maintaining a precise musicality.” The quirky and playful class will combine contemporary movement with pop or rap music.

Keigwin + Company will perform on at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Scales Fine Arts Center’s Brendle Recital Hall as part of Wake Forest’s Secrest Artists Series.

Admission is free for Wake Forest University students, faculty and staff with a Wake Forest ID. Tickets for community members range from $5 to $18. Visit http://secrest.wfu.edu/tickets or call (336) 758-5757 to purchase tickets.

jhinton@wsjournal.com (336) 727-7299

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