Wayne State University

Detroit, MI

Wayne State University

Detroit, MI

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A community of Warriors

Warriors come from everywhere, from rural communities to bustling cities. They serve in the military; worship in churches, mosques, and synagogues; and speak in hundreds of languages. Some come to Wayne State University from families with a long history of college grads; others are the first in their family to pursue higher education. Many live just blocks from our campus; others crossed oceans to study here.

At Wayne State University, we strive to make campus an inclusive environment for everyone. We welcome all people and understand that their unique experiences, talents, and perspectives make us a stronger community and better individuals. The University has a long history of meaningful engagement with society, and diversity and inclusion are core values in both our mission and our strategic plan.

Wayne State is remarkable for many things, but our ability to open doors to people of all backgrounds, races, creeds, and walks of life is our proudest legacy. And our unwavering commitment to diversity, inclusion, and social justice continues to be our North Star.

The Office of Multicultural Student Engagement (OMSE) seeks to cultivate a safe campus environment where we value, promote, and celebrate identities among all students who engage with the Office while intentionally offering initiatives that positively address and impact retention and graduation rates of students who arrive at WSU underrepresented and at risk.

The Wayne State University Warrior Vision and Impact Program (VIP) is a comprehensive student support program that helps students get acclimated to WSU and what it means to be a successful college student. In partnership with other programs and departments across WSU, the Warrior VIP ensures students have a successful transition to college, foster positive engagement in the University setting, and are prepared to challenge themselves as leaders beyond graduation.

Wayne State Diversity

We consider it a privilege to celebrate the cultures represented by our student body and give Warriors opportunities to share their heritage with the campus community. Wayne State gives students the chance to live and learn alongside people with shared interests and get involved in campus community activities and organizations such as:
• The Office of Multicultural Student Engagement
• The Annual Civic Festival
• Student Organization Day
• The Office of Military and Veterans
• Academic Success Services
• The Multicultural Greek Council and National Pan-Hellenic Council
• More than 500 student organizations
Notable University facts

• Wayne State is considered to be Michigan's “most diverse institution.”
• Students come from nearly every state and 80 countries around the world.
• The Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies provides equitable access to students interested in Latino/a and Latin American cultural studies while enhancing diversity on campus.
• The Center for Peace and Conflict Studies develops and implements projects related to international and domestic peace, war, social justice, globalization, and multicultural awareness.

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “Our diversity is one of our great strengths, allowing for collaboration that ignites the sparks that drive change in Detroit and beyond.”

    • President M. Roy Wilson
  • “OMSE is the hub for those of us who need a place to feel safe no matter our race, creed, religion, sexual orientation, or any other identifier we hold dear.”

    • Dalas
  • “There's opportunity here to be part of a social and cultural renaissance.”

    • Connor