Spirit of Community Awards

Congratulations to the 2018 Spirit of Community Awards Finalists!


Winners will be announced at the  

Spirit of Community Awards Ceremony & Reception 

Thursday, March 29, 2018

3 p.m. - Ceremony in the Community Arts Auditorium
4 p.m. - Reception in the McGregor Memorial Conference Center

Celebrate the awardees and
enjoy heavy hors d'oeuvres,
a dessert buffet &
great prizes from local businesses!



Mahmoud Hijazi, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Michael Lisieski, School of Medicine
Tannia Rodriguez-Valenzuela, College of Engineering

Barbara Jones, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Tolulope Sonuyi, School of Medicine
John Wolf, College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts

Julie Hasse, Department of Marketing and Communications
Joan Verla, College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts
Camille Walker-Banks, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses 

Brilliant Detroit Health Platform
Community Health Pipeline
Diabetes Education and Wellness Clinic (D.E.W.)

Wayne State encourages all faculty, staff and students to participate in meaningful, sustainable and mutually beneficial relationships with our community. These awards honor members of our university who best exemplify the spirit of Wayne State University's deep commitment to community engagement.


Congratulations to the 2017 winners:

Staff Engagement Award

Recognizes a staff member who demonstrates exceptional commitment to service with a nonprofit agency or to coordinating or sustaining projects that make a positive difference in the community.

2017- LaShawnda Wrice, Development Operations Coordinator, WSU Office of Development and Alumni Affairs

Faculty Engagement Award

Recognizes a faculty member who demonstrates outstanding achievement in academic service-learning through working in a mutually beneficial partnership with a community partner; developing reflective, creative, compassionate and just student leaders; and/or engaging in exemplary community-based research.

2017- Hayley Thompson, Leader, Population Studies & Disparities Research Program, Karmanos Cancer Institute and Associate Professor, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Department of Oncology

Student Engagement Award

Recognizes a student who demonstrates service to the community with dedication, integrity, humility, thoughtful leadership, compassion and soul, and a deep understanding of social justice.

2017- Tapinder Singh, Graduate Student, WSU School of Medicine

Project Engagement Award

Innovative projects by individuals or organizations/groups that respond to local, community-identified needs.

2017- Street Run Outreach Program of Street Medicine Detroit

Inspire from Within Philanthropy Award

Recognizes WSU faculty and staff who help strengthen the Wayne State community through philanthropic investment. Through annual, major and planned giving, WSU faculty and staff have the opportunity to serve the university, illustrate the power of philanthropy and inspire others to give.

2017- Peter and Karen Frade