News and Announcements

An Evening for Alumni and Friends At the Henry Ford Museum

Tuesday April 6th friends and alumni of Wayne State joined Dr. and Mrs. Wilson for a vibrant evening of networking and university updates.  In addition guests had the opportunity to receive a signed copy of President Wilson's new memior "The Plum Tree Blossoms in Winter.

Tackling Hunger And Homelessness On Campus
The Wayne State University HIGH (Helping Students Go Higher) Program was recognized by FORBES in National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week

Voting While Homeless or Housing Insecure 
It's your right to have your vote counted, regardless of your housing situation. Click for important information for voting in Michigan while homeless or housing insecure.

Wayne State HIGH Program Delivers Grab-and-Go Bags to Homeless shelters.                                        
The Wayne State University HIGH Program (Helping Students Go Higher) assembled and delivered Grab-and-Go bags to local Detroit area shelters.

HIGH Program thanks Sean Anderson Foundation with new video
The Sean Anderson Foundation has donated an additional $15,000 to benefit Wayne State University's HIGH (Helping Individuals Go Higher) Program. The funds will be used to provide short-term support to Wayne State students experiencing homelessness or precarious housing situations.

Sean Anderson Foundation donates $15K for Wayne State's HIGH Program
The Sean Anderson Foundation has donated $15,000 to benefit Wayne State University's HIGH (Helping Individuals Go Higher) Program. This is the second gift from the Sean Anderson Foundation in support of the HIGH Program. Funds will be used to provide short-term support to Wayne State students experiencing homelessness or precarious housing situations.

SEVA, Popular Vegan Restaurant in Detroit, Donates to HIGH Students
SEVA is located between Woodward and John R, near Warren Avenue. They serve a wide range of delicious vegan and gluten-free food items. SEVA has recently donated gift certificates to offer help to the students in need through the HIGH (Helping Individuals Go Higher) Program.

St. John's Church Gives Back to the Community by Donating to the HIGH Program
St. John's Church of Detroit is no stranger to giving back to the city of Detroit. St. John's has always had a relentless passion for the community and giving back to it. It's safe to say that the beauty of the church is only matched by the charitable efforts it has made over the years.

J. Douglas Peters Continues his Support of Wayne State by Donating to the HIGH Program
To find more information on J. Douglas Peters and his art, please visit his website at To learn more about how the WSU HIGH Program is making a positive impact on the lives of students, find us on the web at

Blumenstein Foundation Donates to the HIGH Program
The Blumenstein Foundation, founded by Harold Blumenstein as well as his wife Penny, and has been operating out of Bingham Farms, Michigan, as a charitable organization since 1987. A graduate of Wayne State University himself, Harold has shown his passion for the midtown Detroit area and Wayne State's campus, and has given back to the community numerous times through his foundation.

Mystic Kettle continues to be major supporter of the HIGH Program
Mystic Kettle Korn's incredible Michigan-grown (non GMO), all-natural gourmet kettle corn provides the ideal sweet or savory snack. Launched in 2011, Mystic Kettle is peanut and tree nut free, gluten free, dairy and soy free and arguably guilt-free. Popping at farmer's markets, apple orchards, schools, and other various locations, Mystic Kettle makes it a priority to donate to worthy causes throughout the community, including the Wayne State University's HIGH Program.

AT&T Match Program Donates to the HIGH Program
The telecommunications giant AT&T is known by almost everyone, but what you may not know about the corporation is their charitable donations. Giving back to their communities is of paramount importance to the company.

NEW Employment Opportunities - Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit
We are excited to share great employment opportunities that are available now at Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit.

Wayne state's high program partners with goodwill industries of greater detroit
The Wayne State University HIGH (Helping Individuals Go Higher) Program is excited to announce partnership with Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit. This will be Goodwill's first partnership with a local college or university, and our collaboration will offer job training and educational opportunities for both Wayne State students and Goodwill program participants.

Special Message from the HIGH Program- Student Success
The HIGH Program is excited to share the success of our first program graduate!

Special Message from the HIGH Program- Community Support
Once Displaced By Tragedy, A Family Receives A Home

HIGH Program featured in WAYNE Magazine

Combatting Student Homelessness to Ensure Detroit's Success
It is a common misconception that if someone has the means to go to college, they have the means to obtain basic necessities. Unfortunately, that isn't always the case. There are Wayne State students who have to choose between paying tuition bills and paying for their basic needs like food and a living space.

Winter Coats Available Now - If you are in need of a winter coat, please email

Alumni Association Scholarships Available NOW - The Wayne State University Alumni Association offers scholarship opportunities for Wayne State students. Scholarships available include the David Adamany Endowed Scholarship and the Taylor A. Lewis MD and Cleveland Hurst Endowed Scholarship.

Volunteer Opportunity for HIGH Program Students- Williams Pavilion, a local retirement and assisted living facility, residents in need of volunteers to organize education programming and activities for its residents

College works to help homeless get degrees- Trenton Trib

Volunteering: More than a seasonal activity
Wayne State's HIGH Program "" which stands for "Helping Individuals Go Higher" "" is a year-round effort that depends upon volunteers and donor support.

The HIGH Program donates clothing to the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries

Volunteers needed to serve as balloon handlers for Thanksgiving Day Parade!
Wayne State volunteers are needed as balloon handlers for the Kermit the Frog balloon at America's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Detroit.

Wayne State University HIGH Program to participate in National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week
This is a time for us to reflect on what we are thankful for and share our compassion with those in our community who are experiencing the threat of homelessness.

Jamie and Denise Jacob Family Foundation gifts $30,000 to Wayne State's HIGH program
The Jamie and Denise Jacob Family Foundation has given $30,000 to Wayne State University's HIGH (Helping Individuals Go Higher) Program to help provide short-term support to Wayne State students experiencing homelessness or precarious housing situations.

Wayne State Night at Comerica Park a big success
Watch the slide show for pictures and video from the game

The Department of Communication is now accepting applications for an Assistant Professor and Basic Course Director.
Click the link above to learn more and apply now!

Check out these great Career Planning Workshops offered through the Mike Ilitch School of Business.
Don't miss the opportunity to get a head-start in preparing for your career!

Urban University blog post features HIGH Program
Check out the recent Urban University blog post above!

Featured Student Story- Wayne State University's HIGH Program
"I hope that the HIGH Program may continue to benefit students that have great need and that all may have the same blessing that I have had."

Once-homeless Mills College swimmer sets record
The Mercury News tells a powerful story about a Mills College junior, Melissa Berkay, who has set a world record for crossing the Catalina Channel while swimming the butterfly stroke.

WSU receives grant to study, help homeless college kids
Detroit Free Press article features the McGregor Fund and its recent grant awarded to the WSU HIGH Program.

HIGH Program: Wayne State University's First Lady Talks About Her Mission With Helping Homeless College Students
Kristy Stanford CW50 "Street Beat" Web Exclusive sits down with Wayne State University's First Lady and Founding Director of the HIGH (Helping Individuals Go Higher) Program, Jacqueline Wilson, to learn more about out how the HIGH Program is helping financially stressed students at Wayne State University reach their goals to graduate.

McGregor Fund gift will help at-risk students succeed at Wayne State
Wayne State University has received $200,000 from the McGregor Fund to develop a comprehensive plan for students who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, as well as those experiencing difficulty in meeting basic non-academic needs.

HIGH Program Volunteers - A great team supporting a great mission!
HIGH Program Volunteers show their Wayne State pride ("W" for Wayne State!) while enjoying a pizza party together after a productive day of engaging with the Detroit community.

10th Annual Swing for the Students features Salma Al Azmeh, President of Volunteers for the Wayne State HIGH Program
Wayne State University's Mike Ilitch School of Business Alumni Association's 10th Annual Swing for the Students golf event took place on Monday, July 18th. Mark S. Lee, President of The LEE Group, and host of "Small Talk with Mark S. Lee", broadcasted live from the event and featured Salma Al Azmeh as a guest speaker.

HIGH Program Featured on The Pulse with Karen Dumas
Mary Barden, Director of Development for the HIGH (Helping Individuals Go Higher) program, was a guest on 910 AM's "The Pulse with Karen Dumas" to discuss how Wayne State University is helping homeless students and those in need. The organization, founded by Wayne State First Lady Jacqueline Wilson, recently received $25,000 from the Sean Anderson Foundation to establish an endowment. The funds will be used to provide support to students experiencing homelessness or precarious housing situations.

Local Counselors speak out on the issue homelessness and the impact it has on students
Local Counselors Dr. Deborah Spence and Dr. Sabrina Black have recently joined the WSU HIGH Program in our mission to spread awareness of student homelessness and how YOU can help.

Sean Anderson Foundation creates $25,000 endowment for Wayne State HIGH Program
The Sean Anderson Foundation has committed $25,000 to establish an endowment for the Wayne State University HIGH (Helping Individuals Go Higher) Program.

Wayne State program helps struggling students achieve dream
Wayne State University's Helping Individuals Go Higher (HIGH) Program was recently featured in an article in the Detroit Free Press highlighting the program's mission to help promising students like Amari McGee achieve their goal of graduating from Wayne State. Read the Detroit Free Press article by following the above.

Student working to create safe spaces for youth experiencing transience through award-winning non-profit organization, The Millennial Trans Project (MTP)
Help support Courtney Smith's mission to help ensure that every young person has a place to call home and has a voice through her campaign, "Trailblaze for Transient Youth".

Wayne State Athletes Help the Homeless
For the seventh year in a row, WSU athletes show their compassion to the homeless and less fortunate by distributing much needed toiletry kits to Detroit's youth and adults. Check out the video HERE on Channel 7 Action News!

Detroit Homeless Documentary by Wayne State Student Whitney Nathan
Check out Whitney's project that discusses the issue of homelessness that many students face in colleges across the country.

Wayne State athletes support homeless individuals in Detroit
We are so proud of our student athletes and the great work they do for the people of Detroit!

Help remains elusive for homeless Michigan college students
WSU's HIGH Program is featured in Bridge Magazine's article by Ron French. Check out the link above to learn more!

Raising awareness of homelessness by sleeping out
Wayne State University First Lady Jacqueline Wilson talked about the need for greater awareness about homelessness in Detroit. "Sleep Out: Executive Edition," organized by Covenant House Michigan (CHM), is being held on Thursday evening to raise funds and awareness of the homeless problem. The event includes executives from over 40 companies sleeping in cardboard boxes with a sleeping bag on the grounds of CHM. On any given night Detroit has at least 5,000 homeless people spending the night on the streets.