Affinity Groups

Wake Forest University Affinity Groups are communities of alumni, parents, students, and friends of Wake Forest connecting on the basis of shared interests or experiences. Affinity Groups are created by alumni around a profession, special interest, identity, or student group and provide alumni, parents, students, and friends with opportunities for networking, professional or personal development, lifelong learning, resource sharing, and an expanded sense of community. Similar to our regional alumni communities, Wake Forest Affinity Groups exist through the support of a volunteer leadership team that provides opportunities for virtual interactions and in-person events, on campus and out in our communities, that bring the Affinity Group members together in support of the group’s mission.

Association of Wake Forest University Black Alumni (AWFUBA)

The Association of Wake Forest University Black Alumni (AWFUBA) is committed to creating networking opportunities, social activities, and career-enhancement programs for African-American alumni and students of Wake Forest University.

President: Kelly Starnes (’93, MBA ’14)
Vice President: Magdelon Harris (’08)
Treasurer: Chris Leak (’85, P ’11)
Secretary: Chris Burris (’93)

Decorated Deacs

Decorated Deacs is a volunteer-led community that aims to connect, honor and support military-affiliated Wake Forest students, alumni and friends, including veterans, active-duty personnel, National Guard members, reservists, and their families, through dialogue, advocacy, networking, mentoring and service.

Decorated Deacs is committed to:

  • Facilitating both professional and social networking opportunities for those who have served, continue to serve or have a connection with the United States armed forces
  • Providing support and encouragement activities for veterans and active-duty personnel and their families
  • Assisting current Wake Forest ROTC organizations with recruitment, retention and development of programs
  • Celebrating national service within the Wake Forest community.

Co-President: Joe Wescott (‘81, MA ‘00)
Co-President: Josh Traeger (‘05)

Global Deacs

Global Deacs is an affinity group for alumni, students, parents, and friends working or interested in international affairs.

President: Kate Maloney (’97)
Executive Committee:
Francisco Bencosme (’12)
Nico Gabrielli (’11)
Andrew Holland (’01)
Kezia McKeague (’05)
Anita Ostrovsky (’13)

MAD DEACS

MAD DEACS is the WFU Affinity Group for Media, Marketing, Advertising and PR professionals and students. MAD DEACS aims to connect working professionals together and give students a better idea of what it’s like to work in the media, marketing, and advertising fields.

Co-President: Bridget O’Neill (’10)
Co-President: Caroline Weaver (’11)

Wake Forest Hispanic/Latino Alumni Association (HOLAA)

HOLAA is the affinity group for Wake Forest alumni who identify with a Latin American or Spanish speaking cultural heritage. We are dedicated to uniting and celebrating our diverse culture while creating a support system for undergraduates and alumni.

President: Nancy Díaz (’13)
Vice President: Pete Bondy (’67)
Vice President: Jacob Martinez (’13)
Secretary: Tiffany Virgin (’15)
Immediate Past President: Cazandra Rebollar (’16, MA ’18)

Wake NOW (Network of Women)

Wake NOW (Network of Women) is the Wake Forest University affinity group for current students, alumnae, and parents dedicated to providing enriching personal and professional development opportunities to women of the University community. Wake NOW is committed to meaningful programming, engaging conversation and the creation of sustained relationships among the women of Wake Forest. All Wake Foresters who identify as women are welcome.

Atlanta Chair: Jillian MacDonald (’07)

New York Co-Chairs: Jana Fritz (’15) and Liz Shumate (’10)

Washington, D.C. Co-Chairs: Kellie Dupree (’04) and Liz White (’10)

Wake on Wall Street

Wake on Wall Street is the WFU Affinity Group dedicated to increasing the awareness & brand value of Wake Forest alumni & students in the world of Business, Finance & related fields through networking, job placement, and education.

Co-President: Dave Hanson (’05)
Co-President: Matt Hultquist (’01)
Co-President: Will Sinclair (’07)

WFU Muslim Alumni

WFU Muslim Alumni Association seeks to advocate for the advancement of Muslim life and foster an inclusive Muslim community through a network of support and mentorship between students and alumni.

Co-President: Moose Abdullah (’10)
Co-President: Fahim Gulamali (’14)