Japanese student Konosuke Akiyama becomes first Asian student graduate.
Wake Forest College admits first women undergraduates.
Two black high school students apply but are denied admission to Wake Forest.
James G. Jones enrolls at Wake Forest College and later becomes the first Native American graduate in 1962.
Glenn Blackburn Jr., Baptist Student Union, and others lead formation of African Student Program (ASP) to recruit and support admission of a black African student from Christian missions in Ghana.
Ten Wake Forest students join 11 from Winston-Salem State Teachers College (now WSSU) and Mr. Carl Wesley Matthews for a sit-in at Woolworth’s lunch counter in Winston-Salem.
First black students — Kenard C. Rockette, Mary Ann Hollis and Odel Hatcher — enroll in the second session of summer school.
Trustees vote to end racial segregation in the undergraduate college, making Wake Forest the first major private university in the South to integrate.
Ed Reynolds becomes the first black full-time undergraduate to enroll at Wake Forest. Patricia Smith and Bobiette Miller join him as the first black female day students.
Martin Luther King to speaks to an audience of 2,200 in Wait Chapel via an invite from the College Union.
Wake Forest integrates its football program by signing Robert Grant, Kenneth Henry and William Smith, and Ed Reynolds becomes 1st black graduate from Wake Forest College.
Harold “Sandy” Seawright is first documented openly gay man to attend Wake Forest, and Carlos Alberto Perez becomes first Hispanic graduate.
Patricia Smith becomes first black woman graduate.
Norwood Todmann becomes the first black basketball player, followed by Charlie Davis and Gil McGregor in 1967.
School of Business and Accountancy hires Joe Norman as first black faculty member.
Deborah Janet Graves and Muriel Elizabeth (Beth) Norbrey become first black female resident students to attend and graduate from Wake Forest.
Dr. Herman Eure (Biology) and Dr. Dolly McPherson (English) become first black tenure-track professors.
The Afram Choir, later known as the Gospel Choir, was established by Ollis (Zonnie) Muzon Jr.
Nine black men establish first National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) organization with founding of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.
Office of Minority Affairs (OMA) is created by Dr. Herman Eure, originally to foster success of small number of black students.
Chinese Student and Scholar Association (CSSA) formed to support Chinese students and scholars academically and socially in Winston-Salem.
Dr. Ernie Wade appointed OMA director, teams with Admissions to increase black student enrollment, and manages merit scholarship funds for black students: Joe Gordon Scholarship, named after the first black radiologist at Baptist Hospital, and Black American Scholarship.
First national Greek women’s organization recognized at Wake Forest with founding of Pi Omicron chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., a historically black sorority; seven black charter members formally established a women’s PanHellenic Council organization at Wake Forest.
Americans with Disabilities Act enacted to eliminate discriminatory barriers against qualified individuals with disabilities.
Students draft constitution for GALA, the “Gay and Lesbian Association,” later named GALBA and GSSA.
Wake International Student Association (WISA) chartered to foster international student success.
Jim Caldwell named head football coach and is first black head football coach in ACC.
University Senate passes resolution to include “sexual orientation” in non-discrimination clause.
Dr. Barbee Myers Oakes named director of Minority Affairs and changes office to Multicultural Affairs, broadening support to include all ethnic minority students and first-generation students.
Wake Forest begins annual Martin Luther King Day joint celebration with Winston-Salem State.
Asian Student Interest Association (ASIA) created and open to all interested in promoting Asian cultures and diversity at Wake Forest.
Jamey Spencer becomes first black student trustee.
Hillel, Jewish student organization, created to support religious engagement and provide educational opportunities for increasing Jewish population.
Khalid Jones becomes first black student body president.
GSSA issues press release calling Trustees to honor Wake Forest non-discrimination policy by allowing same-sex commitment ceremonies in Wait Chapel.
Susan Parker and Wendy Scott’s Covenant ceremony is first same-sex union held in Wait Chapel.
Office of Chaplain moves Wake Forest from broadly ecumenical to actively interfaith; seeking, encouraging and supporting dialogue so engaging in conversation across faith traditions becomes key goal of Religious Life.
Wake Forest adds Cultural Diversity requirement to its curriculum, mandating all undergraduates take one of 74 courses to educate them on cultural diversity.
Organization of Latin-American Students (O.L.A.S.) chartered to promote diversity awareness and create a stronger sense of community for Latino students.
Under leadership of Assistant Provost Barbee Oakes, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) is created to develop institutional approach to fostering a diverse and inclusive campus community.
Under the leadership of Dr. Nate French, the Magnolia Scholars program established to foster success of first-generation college students.
Shayla Herndon-Edmunds creates GateKeepers Workshop Initiative, a cultural competence education program for faculty and staff.
Khalid Griggs, Imam of the Community Mosque of Winston-Salem, named first Muslim chaplain.
LGBTQ center opens and Dr. Angela Mazaris named founding director; Center provides support and advocacy to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning students, faculty and staff, plus campus education related to issues of gender identity and sexual orientation.
Rabbi Michael Gisser named first associate chaplain for Jewish Life.
Wake Forest launches Women’s Center.
Tré Easton elected as first openly gay Student Body President.
Gender Equality Allies founded as a community of Wake Forest students working to resolve gender-related issues.