Spirit of Community Awards


In partnership with the Office of the President, Office of the Provost, Dean of Students Office, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and the Alumni Association, the Division of Government and Community Affairs will present the third annual Wayne State University Spirit of Community Awards Ceremony and Reception on Thursday, April 11, 2019.

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.

Please join us for the 3rd annual
Spirit of Community Awards Ceremony & Reception 

Thursday, April 11, 2019

3 - 5 p.m. - Ceremony & Reception
Student Center Ballroom

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

Parking available in Parking Structure 1 for $8


Congratulations to the 2019 finalists!

Kavya Davuluri, Irvin D. Reid Honors College 
Cedric Mutebi, Wayne Med-Direct Student
David Pitawanakwat, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Steven Kahn, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Jennifer Mendez, School of Medicine
Rahul Mitra, College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts

Voncile Brown-Miller, Karmanos Cancer Institute 
Donna MacDonald, Institute of Gerontology
Shelly Seguin, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 

Auntie Na's House Health Clinic 
First Aid First
Medella, Emergency Response Drone


Congratulations to our previous 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.

2018- Joan Verla, College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts

2017- LaShawnda Wrice, 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.

2018-Tolulope Sonuyi, School of Medicine

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.

2018-Tannia Rodriguez-Valenzuela, College of Engineering

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.

2018-Diabetes Education and Wellness Clinic (D.E.W.)

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.

2018-Patrick Gossman

2017- Peter and Karen Frade

Please visit our FaceBook Page to view photos from the 2018 event.