To look at it today, Whitaker Gymnasium on WSSU’s campus sits as kind of a throwback in WSSU’s storied history. It is, but what a history it has. Read more and learn.

This Thursday will mark the day that early voting in North Carolina begins. But of the state’s students will find themselves without an on-campus site to go to. Read more here.

Theodore M. Shaw

Theodore M. Shaw

Theodore M. Shaw, the inaugural Julius L. Chambers Distinguished Professor of Law and director of the UNC Center for Civil Rights at UNC-Chapel Hill, will deliver this year’s J. Alston Atkins Memorial Lecture in Constitutional Law at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU).

The lecture will be Thursday, October 30, at 3:30 p.m. in the Donald J. Reaves Student Activity Center on the university campus.  Sponsored by the law firm of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, the event is free and open to the public.

The lecture will be preceded by a roundtable on “Quality Education as a Constitutional Right” at 1 p.m. also in the Reaves Center.  The roundtable will feature David Dennis, director of the Southern Initiative of the Algebra Project, Dr. Beverly Emory, superintendent of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School System, and Dr. Denise Pearson, senior associate dean and professor of education at WSSU.

“This year’s lecture and symposium highlights the fiftieth anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Freedom Summer, two pivotal events that fundamentally changed the contours of American democracy,” said Dr. Corey D. B. Walker, dean of the College of Arts, Science, Business and Education and the John W. and Anna Hodgin Hanes Professor of the Humanities at WSSU.  “It is an honor to host Ted Shaw and David Dennis as part of this year’s program.  As a key architect in recent civil rights litigation, Ted Shaw has worked tirelessly to advance the cause of equity and inclusion in society.  David Dennis is a longtime organizer and activist for human dignity stemming from his days as a Freedom Rider and organizer in Mississippi in the 1960s to his ongoing work as a lawyer and educator.  Both of these individuals are intimately connected with the events of fifty years ago and the lasting impact they have had on our society and world.”

Shaw was named the second director of the Center for Civil Rights at UNC-Chapel Hill in July of this year, a position first held by the late Julius Chambers.  Previously, Shaw served as director-counsel and president of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF) from 2004 until 2008.  He joined the LDF in 1982 and served as an attorney there for 23 years.  He also has been a professor at Columbia University Law School, where he earned his law degree, and he started his career as a trial attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice.

At LDF, Shaw took on the task of litigating education, employment, voting rights, housing, police misconduct, capital punishment and other civil rights cases in trial and appellate courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court.  Over the years, he has also testified before the U.S. Congress and his work has taken him to South Africa to train lawyers after the post-apartheid constitution came into being.  Shaw also has worked closely with the Roma community to achieve civil rights in Eastern Europe and was counsel for the African American students in the University of Michigan undergraduate affirmative action admissions case heard by the Supreme Court in 2003.  He also played a key role in initiating the review of Michigan Law School’s admissions policies and served on committees that adopted the plan that was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Atkins Memorial Lecture in Constitutional Law is named in honor of J. Alston (Jack) Atkins, the son of WSSU founder Simon Green Atkins and a 1922 honor graduate of Yale Law School.  A prominent civil rights attorney and advocate, Atkins filed a series of lawsuit to eliminate the racially segregated school system in Forsyth County.  While he did not win the cases, they became the catalyst for a lawsuit, which ultimately did lead to the desegregation of the local schools.  In 1970, he filed a suit that was settled 15 years later and paved the way for more substantial support of the historically Black member institutions of the University of North Carolina system.  Atkins was deceased by the time of the settlement, but he was remembered in the agreement with the establishment of a constitutional law lecture series in his name at WSSU.

Some don’t want to talk about it, or would rather seek counseling, or suffer in silence. WSSU and other area institutions are making a concerted and unified effort to stop sexual assault on their campuses and in their communities. Learn more here.

WSSU Professor Earns Rehabilitation Education Award

Dr. Robin E. Dock, associate professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Counseling at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU), recently received the Sylvia Walker Education Award from the National Association of Multicultural Rehabilitation Concerns (NAMRC), a division of the National Rehabilitation Association that promotes ethical and state-of-the-art practices in rehabilitation.
Dock, who teaches in the Master of Science [...]

C.E. Gaines Center Getting a Facelift Because of a Leaky Roof

A leaking roof and a badly damaged floor at the C.E. Gaines Center has spawned necessary repairs at the center with the hope that the repairs will be completed by Nov. 15 – just in time for the opening of basketball season. Read more here.

S.T.A.R.S. Program Could Have Huge Impact on Youth Crime and Violence

Winston-Salem State University’s Center for Community Safety believes it’s S.T.A.R. S. (Students Taking Action and Reaching Success) program could have a huge impact slowing the so-called “school-to-prison” pipeline, which overwhelmingly impacts African American and Hispanic youth. Read more here.

There is no question that in some programs at WSSU the demographic balance has shifted. The shift has come as a shock to some and to others it is a sign of the times. But, in WSSU’s  three-year old Doctor of Physical Therapy program, administrators are working to strike the right balance. Read more here.

WSSU Rehabilitation Counseling Program Awarded More than $2 Million in Grants

The Department of Rehabilitation Counseling at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) has received two grants totaling more than $2 million from the U.S. Department of Education.
The grants from the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services are to address the shortage in professionals in rehabilitation, as well as the specific shortage of rehabilitation counselors providing services [...]

WSSU Alum, Noted Educator to be Keynote Speaker for Founder’s Day

Dr. Alex Johnson, a graduate of Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) and the current president of Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, will serve as the keynote speaker for the university’s 2014 Founder’s Day Convocation on Friday, October 17, at 9:45 a.m. in the K. R. Williams Auditorium on campus.
Johnson, who earned his undergraduate degree from WSSU, became [...]