In the Spring of 1946, Wildacres Retreat was dedicated “to the betterment of human relations” in hopes that people who visited would learn to live together in harmony. To commemorate the Retreat’s achievements upon their 50th anniversary, Wildacres Leadership Initiative was established to broaden its scope of influence on the State of North Carolina and its citizens for the next 50 years and beyond.
From their inception, Wildacres Retreat and the Wildacres Leadership Initiative have believed that diversity, inclusion, and equity are essential ingredients to fulfilling our founding purpose. We believe in the importance of learning from one another, and expanding our perspectives in the process. Varied ideas, world views, and personal characteristics can find common purpose in the pursuit of just and equitable human relations. As a community, we support an environment in which all are welcome and everyone is respected. We intentionally engage people of diverse ages, ethnicities, races, religions or philosophical beliefs, political affiliations, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, nationalities, and socioeconomic statuses in order to build authentic, trusting relationships across these differences. In all that we are and all that we do, both at the Retreat and through the Leadership Initiative, Wildacres is an environment free of discrimination, rich with respectful dialogue across differences, and steadfast in its commitment to, and pursuit of, the betterment of human relations.