Diversity & Inclusion

What is Diversity?

At the Wake Forest University School of Business, we define diversity very broadly. Diversity refers to the mix of differences individuals contribute to a defined setting (e.g. team, work unit, classroom) due to their identity with different groups. These social category groups can include race, ethnicity, gender, physical abilities, sexual orientation, age, religion, and socio-economic class, as well as other dimensions  that impact the way individuals think and behave.

What is Inclusion?

An organizational climate of inclusion is one in which human resource diversity is valued and in which individuals from diverse backgrounds feel welcomed and included.

Our Mission

In the School of Business, our mission is to advance the greater good through developing passionate ethical business leaders who achieve results with integrity through thought leadership that positively impacts the practice of business.

We believe that diversity and inclusion are essential practices for enabling us to develop students with the problem solving and critical thinking skills they will need to be effective leaders in organizations.

Our Commitment

We have three principles that guide our commitment to diversity and inclusion:

  1. The classroom should reflect the diversity and inclusion of the marketplace.
  1. Our students should graduate with a global mind-set.
  1. Faculty, staff, and students should be equipped with the skills to leverage diversity effectively and contribute to an inclusive classroom and work environment.


For more information, visit the Office of Diversity & Inclusion at Wake Forest University.


Contact Us

Melenie J. Lankau

Senior Associate Dean, Diversity & Global Initiatives; Associate Professor
Location: Farrell Hall 232
Phone: (336) 758-4198
Email: lankaumj@wfu.edu


Amy Wallis

Amy Wallis

Professor of Practice in Organizational Behavior; Coordinator of Global Initiatives
Location: Farrell Hall 376
Phone: (336) 758-3756
Email: wallisab@wfu.edu


Frank Brown

Frank Brown

Assistant Director, Diversity & Global Initiatives
Location: Farrell Hall 115
Phone: (336) 758-4337


Natasha Gore

Assistant Director, MA Enrollment Management; Diversity Recruiter for MA, MBA, & MSA
Location: Farrell Hall 115
Phone: (336) 758-7255


Tiffany Johnson

Administrative Assistant, Diversity & Global Initiatives
Location: Farrell Hall 346
Phone: (336) 758-5488
Email: johnstd@wfu.edu