A Safe Place and Space to Learn - A Place to Flourish
We aim to make this a safe and flourishing space.
A WELCOMING ATTITUDE:
Below we will discuss all the elements of safety, but we understand that safety alone does not ensure success in learning. Each student matters! Our RA's and Faculty have been selected because they have a track-record of creating great living and learning environments. We have a "no jerks" rule and enforce it when needed.
Wake Forest is accessible via three entrances. At each of these entrances there is a gate that has a Wake Forest Police Officer at it. That Police Officer is certified by the city of Winston-Salem. It would not be surprising to find that officer with a Wake Debate sticker or T-shirt hanging in their booth. They know the debate team is successful and look out for students during our summer workshops.
A WELL STAFFED RESIDENCE HALL:
The Head Dormatory Supervisor is someone who has experience working with students in this capacity before. She has been a teacher for many years, so she has the experience required to handle any immediate or urgent problems that arise. She also possesses a background in debate so understanding student needs is not a problem.
Resident Assistants employed by Wake Forest are there to make sure all protocols are followed. They are extensively trained by Wake Forest University in both crisis identification and crisis mitigation. They report directly to the WFU Summer Conferences and not to the debate workshop. While they rarely interact with students, it is good to know that students have an extra level of safety provided.
Residence Assistants employed by Wake Debate perform the majority of the dormatory duties. They will be at the front line of bed checks, wake-up calls and resolving any inter-personal disputes that arise. There is someone on-call 24 hours a day, and we have both male and non-male RAs on duty to make sure every student has someone they feel comfortable with. We place emphasis on making sure the students settle into dorm life as much as possible, as we believe that sleeping well and enough is critical to their successful learning during workshop activities. RAs are also teachers at our workshop, and their duties in the evening include talking over the following day's debates with the individual teams.
ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY:
Students found violating laws, rules or engaging in inappropriate behavior will be asked to leave the workshop. Our intention is to create opporunities for students to both learn and have fun. History tells us that when students are not accomplishing those two tasks, they are more likely to act inappropriately. The students will be informed the first day that if they act in an inappropriate way, it is them who will be making the phone call home.