December 2021 - Wayne State University
Student-focused news for family and friends December 2021
Wayne State and Share Detroit partner to expand community volunteer, engagement opportunities

Wayne State and Share Detroit partner to expand community volunteer, engagement opportunities

The Wayne State University Dean of Students Office has partnered with Share Detroit, a community engagement conduit offering simple ways for neighbors, nonprofits and businesses to come together and strengthen the community. Share Detroit seeks to connect Detroiters with local nonprofit organizations, volunteer opportunities and ways to provide financial support.

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Wayne State University continues to advance research and development  

Wayne State University announced a continued increase in research awards and sponsored research agreements, totaling over $320 million in fiscal year 2021 as the research and discovery environment ecosystem pivots forward from the last 20 months of the COVID-19 pandemic. The substantial growth in the programs reflects a broad commitment to this aspect of the university’s mission as an urban-serving public research institution in Detroit and touches upon major thematic initiatives in cancer, cardiometabolic health and disease, environmental health sciences, health equity, chemical sciences, bio and systems engineering, and neurosciences.

Student voting rate above national average  

Wayne State University students made sure their voices were heard in the 2020 presidential election, as the university had a voting rate of 73.5% — more than 7% above the national average. It was an increase of 12.5% from 2016, as 16,840 students voted in the 2020 election, compared to 13,056 in 2016. Wayne State used a number of initiatives to encourage students to get out and vote. Election Day was declared a university-wide holiday in 2020 and the first on-campus polling location, Detroit Precinct 149, opened in February of 2020 in the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights at the Wayne State Law School to make voting more convenient for Detroiters, including students living on campus. 

Anthropology students uncover history in the heart of Detroit  

Wayne State’s Department of Anthropology recently partnered with the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD), giving students the unique opportunity to conduct an archeological dig in the heart of Detroit. Students unearthed artifacts on a plot of land that was once the home to the historic Parke Mansion and later a women's prison. The land is now home to MOCAD’s Mike Kelley Mobile Homestead, located at Canfield and Woodward Avenue. Warriors involved in this project were Wayne State graduate students and recent alumni from the master's of anthropology program. The goal was to allow the students to gain hands-on experience with a physical dig.    

Stay up to date with Wayne State's coronavirus response

Stay up to date with Wayne State's coronavirus response

Registration now open for Winter 2022

Registration now open for Winter 2022

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Dec. 13 and 14: December 2021 Commencement


Dec. 13: Classes end


Dec. 15-21: Final exams


Dec. 25 - Jan. 2: University closed


Jan. 10: Winter 2022 classes begin


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In the news

WWJ: Wayne State professor's research gives new hope to people with stutters

The Detroit Free Press: What adults need to know, and how they can help after shootings like Oxford High School

NPR: In other states, some schools have found creative ways to forgive debt and help students return

WDET: How public health shifted away from the public, and why it might be shifting back

The Conversation: What Americans hear about social justice in church — and what they do about it

Crain's Detroit Business: Supply chain issues have small businesses in a pinch this holiday season

The Detroit News: Wayne State students' Fresh Rx program delivers produce to people in need

Campus updates from President Wilson

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