February 2023 - Wayne State University
Student-focused news for family and friends February 2023
Wayne State expands debt-forgiveness program to offer former students with debt — but no degree — a way back

Wayne State expands debt-forgiveness program to offer former students with debt — but no degree — a way back

Wayne State University recently announced an expansion to its popular Warrior Way Back program, a national model to provide access and opportunity to students who left the university with debt and without a degree. The updated program has expanded the threshold for debt forgiveness, now enabling students with an outstanding balance of up to $4,000 to re-enroll and “learn” away their past-due balances and earn a college degree. When Warrior Way Back launched in 2018, the debt threshold was $1,500. 

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Gus Navarro is living his 'dream' at ESPN Films  

In 2016, Gus Navarro enrolled in the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts at Wayne State University. “I went to WSU for the communication school because I knew I wanted to live in Detroit and I was interested in doing something broadcast-media related,” said Navarro, M.A. ’19, who wanted to land a post-degree job at a local radio station. Then came the day he saw an ad on a social media site. “I applied for an ESPN Radio position I saw on LinkedIn and, to be honest, wasn't even expecting a reply,” said Navarro who filled out the application on a whim. “But I heard back from them and went through the whole interview process.”

Ilitch School graduate gets involved, lands dream job at Google  

Raj Chhaya felt like Wayne State was a good place to “figure it out,” something he needed during his first year of college. Unsure of what his future held, the Mike Ilitch School of Business became a home away from home as he joined student organizations, met inspiring folks and received exclusive support from throughout the Wayne State community.

CVS Health teams with WSU to improve health outcomes in underserved communities  

CVS Health announced a new initiative that will address barriers to care in underserved communities across the country. The CVS Health Community Equity Alliance is being established to expand the community health worker workforce, enhance connections between health care institutions and communities and address disparities in heart health and mental health outcomes. The alliance is part of the company’s commitment to advancing health equity.

Recent alumna’s hard work and hustle scores with Pistons  

While attending John Glenn High School in Bay City, Michigan, Jenae Lodewyk was president of the student council, head of the thespian club and participated in forensic speaking competitions. Growing up, she also ran track, played soccer and volleyball, and did pompon. One sport she never played was basketball. Which is ironic, given that her life now revolves around hoops.

Commitment to health takes WSU professor around the world  

Dr. Stephen Farrow became a physician to help his neighbors — little did he realize, his work would take him all over the world. Farrow, an adjunct professor of internal medicine and endocrinology in the Wayne State University School of Medicine, was recently honored for his service with the American Association of Clinical Endocrinology (AACE) Outstanding Service Award for the Promotion of Endocrine Service to the Underserved. The award recognizes past achievements and encourages the recipients’ continued service.

Driven to excel: Alumna Kianna Mateen takes expertise to Ford  

Like many students in the Mike Ilitch School of Business, Kianna Mateen laid the groundwork for her career while she was still taking classes. And when she walked across the stage at commencement, she already knew what was next: Through a successful internship, Mateen was offered a position working for Ford Motor Co. as a buyer.

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Upcoming events


Feb. 10: A discussion on civil rights and activism with Derrick Johnson, NAACP President and CEO


Feb. 15: 2023 Black History Month Speaker series: The journey of Black physicians’ trials and triumphs


Feb. 16: Detroit on the Move: Celebrating the Evolution of Black Mobility


Feb. 16: EACPHS health & wellness virtual cooking event


Feb. 22: "What's up with that?" a roundtable discussion exploring interim positions for women at WSU


Feb. 22: 2023 Black History Month Speaker series: When you know your history you know your greatness


Feb. 23: Foundations of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI)


Feb. 27: Interview with U.S. Representative Bennie Thompson


Feb. 27: Wayne State Night with Motor City Cruise


March 1: WSU all majors in-person career fair


March 2: Wayne State Night with the Detroit Red Wings


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In the news

The Detroit News: 'Oh, man, he's ready': Wayne State welcomes home Tyrone Wheatley

WXYZ: Wayne State to launch new Black studies center, hire dozens of faculty

The Detroit News: Kornbluh: Wayne State's student debt forgiveness program works

Detroit Free Press: Stacie Clayton uses Wayne State role to elevate students and her city

Detroit Free Press: Wayne State University's $6M grant to help turn Detroit into epicenter for Black studies

The Detroit News: Wayne State to expand program helping college dropouts get their degrees

The Detroit News: Reflecting pool at the Minoru Yamasaki-designed Helen DeRoy Auditorium will be repaired

Click on Detroit: Wayne State University program provides free Narcan in vending machines

Metro Times: National Institutes of Health awards Wayne State $11 million to research how volatile organic compounds contribute to preterm births

Terrell Topps - Nearly two decades after leaving prison a free man, WSU staffer now goes back to steer others from incarceration to higher education

Terrell Topps - Nearly two decades after leaving prison a free man, WSU staffer now goes back to steer others from incarceration to higher education

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