Spirit of Community Awards

Congratulations to the 2018 Spirit of Community Awards Winners!

Tannia Rodriguez-Valenzuela, College of Engineering

Tolulope Sonuyi, School of Medicine

Joan Verla, College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts

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


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

Stay tuned! Nominations for the 2019 Spirit of Community Awards will open on Monday, October 15, 2018. 

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