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 Alumni Association

The Wayne State University Alumni Association (WSUAA) represents a vibrant community of over 290,000 alumni. Through local and regional programs and volunteer opportunities WSUAA actively engages with alumni and students alike, fostering connections and facilitating continued involvement in the university community.



Adult Learner Events

The Adult Learners Event Calendar features a diverse array of activities, from academic workshops to career development sessions, the calendar acknowledges the educational and lifestyle demands of adult learners. Our carefully curated schedule aims to enrich the college experience by offering opportunities for personal and professional growth.


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Adult Learner Weekly Newsletter

This newsletter supports individuals in their university journey and delivers vital updates, timely reminders of key deadlines, and highlights WSU resources and support services. Beyond practical information, the newsletter help cultivates a sense of belonging and offers motivation by spotlighting the accomplishments of fellow adult learners, thereby inspiring others along their educational path.



Another Chance Program 

Administered by +B5:B11the African American Studies department at Wayne State this initiative extends opportunities to individuals interested in attaining a high school diploma or GED certification. It specifically targets individuals requiring additional preparation for transitioning into post-secondary education or entering the workforce successfully.



Career Services

Career Services offers comprehensive support to students, alumni, and employers. These services include: career counseling, a job networking website, mock interviews, workshops, and career readiness guides.This office actively promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion in career development and works closely with the university and community partners to assess learning outcomes and cultivate student retension and success.


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Caregiver Connection e-Newsletter

Monthly e-Newsletter published by the Institute of Gerontology featuring stories & resources for people who care for older adults.



Counseling and Psychological Service

The Center for Psychological Services (CAPS) at Wayne State University offers comprehensive mental health services and support for all students. CAPS offers a safe and supportive environment where they can seek assistance and receive the help they need to thrive academically and personally.




Wayne State University serves as the host for the Detroit Area Library Network (DALNET). In 2018, DALNET became a member of the Open Textbook Network (OTN) as part of its commitment to affordable education and student success initiatives.  WSU and DALNET strive to encourage the adoption and utilization of open educational resources, including textbooks, within higher education to alleviate financial burdens on students and enhance learning outcomes.


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Dual Title in Social Work and Gerontology

The PhD in Social Work with a Dual-Title in Gerontology addresses the critical need for social work faculty and researchers trained in geriatrics who can promote evidence‐based practices and serve as role models for future generations specializing in the field. This interdisiplinary program enhances student knowledge of the diversity of older adults in terms of race, culture, socioeconomic status, and psychosocial and physical health status, and the consequences aging in political, economic, and program administration contexts. 



Educational Outreach

WSU, Educational Outreach is an organization dedicated to cultivating academic excellence, fostering appreciation for diversity, and promoting a commitment to community service among students at Wayne State University. This mission is accomplished through collaborative partnerships and engagement initiatives both within and outside the university community.



Emeritus Academy

The Emeritus Academy facilitates promotes and facilitating the ongoing engagement of the retired full-time faculty in: scholarship, research, creative activity, and service, mentoring faculty, especially junior faculty, and both undergraduate and graduate student colleagues, fostering disciplinary as well as interdisciplinary collegial dialogue by hosting regular colloquia, lectures, seminars, and conferences, and serves the community through consultations and classes. The academy office is located on the third floor of the Tierney Alumni House and is a member of the AROHE.



First Year Intrest Group (FIGs) - Adult Learners

First Year Intrest Groups (FIGs) are learning communites avalible at Wayne State University, which allow students to connect with others who share similar intrest or academic goals. First Year Intrest Groups, promote collabroative learning enviorments and ecourages students to engage in interdisciplinary studies. 

https://wayne.edu/fig/student-registration & https://wayne.edu/fig


Functional Aging and Mindfulness for Seniors

Functional Aging and Mindfulness for Seniors (FAMS) program focuses on assisting seniors in cultivating nonjudgmental awareness of their experiences, recognizing automatic behaviors or reactions to situations, and exploring alternative ways of living. FAMS offers a holistic approach to wellness for older individuals by enhancing their inner and outer selves, empowering them to navigate the aging process with mindfulness and functionality.



Gerontology Certificate

The Gerontology Certificate offered by Wayne State University is a multidisciplinary program designed to equip graduate students, individual practitioners, and professionals with the necessary skills to effectively work with older individuals across diverse settings.



Harris Literacy Program 

The Harris Literacy Program provides primary adult education for adults with literacy levels in the fourth and eighth-grade range. Created in 2012 through the generous supporter Mort Harris, the program addresses the literacy levels in Detroit and help community members achieve self-sufficiency through workforce development.



HBEC Consulting

The Healthier Black Elders Center Consulting (HBEC-C) is a committee of seasoned Black adults that provide consulting services. Our misson is to collaborate and partner with institutions and/or organizations by advising and supporting the formulation, design, and dissemination of research studies and programs that promote the health and wellbeing of elder African Americans.



HBEC Lunch & Learn

The Healthier Black Elders Center (HBEC) engages metro Detroit older adults and their families with current knowledge about health and well-being. We providing free workshops on topics of such as; blood pressure, caregiving, diabetes, balance, brain health, nutrition and other topics relevant to successful aging.



Healthier Black Elders Center (HBEC)

The Healthier Black Elders Center is the community engagement core for the Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research (MCUAAAR). HBEC maintains a database of metro Detroit seniors interested in volunteering in research studies at WSU, UofM and MSU. The HBEC has been supported by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the past 22 years and is housed at the Institute of GerontoloB10:B16gy.



Institute of Gerontology (IOG)

The Institute of Gerontology (created in 1965) has long been a leader in outreach to the community and professionals. As a nationally recognized authority on aging issues, our mission is to conduct research and translate that knowledge into meaningful programming for older adults, caregivers and the people who serve them. Our faculty, students, staff, and volunteers all share a passion and dedication to the promotion of successful aging.



IOG Colloquia Series on Aging

The Institute of Gerontology host's research presentations given by national speakers and community professionals on topics related to aging and health. The colloquia are held at WSU Freer House twice monthly on Tuesdays, (Sept. through May). These include professional development seminars aimed at graduate students.



IOG Continuting Education on Aging

WSU Institute of Gerontology offers 300+ continuing education presentations each year free of charge to social workers, nurses, OTs, PTs, and other professionals who work with older adults. Most programs earn 1-3 CEs or contact hours. Topics vary and are always presented by subject-matter experts. 



IOG Pre and Post Doctoral Training

WSU students can pursue their PhD in their home departments/programs and obtain additional research mentorship and professional development at the IOG.



MCUAAAR Summer Training Workshop

Established in 1998, the Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research (MCUAAAR) is a collaborative initiative centered on research, community outreach, and faculty mentoring programs. Operating across Wayne State University, Michigan State University, and the University of Michigan, MCUAAAR endeavors to identify and mentor investigators dedicated to studying older African Americans. This workshop seeks to enhance the caliber and volume of research focused on African American life courses and aging populations.



Non-traditional and Parent Law Student Association

The Non-Traditional and Parent Law Student Association is dedicated to assisting students who have pursued alternative routes to law school while managing the demands of both legal studies and parenting responsibilities. Participants benefit from mentorship, family-oriented networking occasions, and educational offerings from various law schools across Michigan.



Office of Multicultural Student Engagement

The Office of Multicultural Student Engagement (OMSE) is committed to fostering diversity and promotion of cultural awareness throughout the campus community. It champions these values by offering resources and support tailored to students from various backgrounds, ensuring an inclusive and supportive environment for all.

OSME@wayne.edu or https://omse.wayne.edu


P.U.L.S.E Literacy Conference

This annual event hosted by WSU's Harris Literacy Program, serves as a platform to bridge work-based foundational skills with success for adult learners both in the classroom and the workplace. The conference features sessions that cover a range of topics including the use of Microsoft tools for inclusive classrooms, supporting students through trauma-informed teaching, implementing effective math strategies, and applying research-based practices to enhance learning outcomes.

https://wayne.edu/educational outreach/adult-literacy


Peer Assisted Learning

Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) provides free services to help students enhance their skills and grasp course material to attain academic excellence while cultivating independence in learning. Students have the opportunity to participate in Course Study Groups and attend weekly peer led meetings to delve into course content and engage in practice exercises. For courses with high enrollment students can also engage in tutoring appointments.



Phoenix Reentry Program

The Phoenix Reentry Program, offered by Wayne State University, extends a lifeline to undergraduate students who previously faced academic probation or exlcusion but now demonstrate the potential to excel academically. 



Project H

Project H is a Detroit-based organization affiliated with the Wayne State School of Medicine, working in collaboration with Samaritas Home and Community Center, a homeless shelter catering to families in need. Project H promotes physical, emotional, and environmental wellness and provides support to residents, enabling families to stay together during difficult circumstances. The organization facilitates pediatric and adult clinics where medical students can conduct patient interviews and examinations, gaining valuable insights into caring for this distinctive patient population.



Reduced Tuition

At Wayne State University, adult learners aged 60 or older are eligible for a reduced tuition rate, which applies solely to tuition charges and excludes registration, student services, and other related fees. The reduced rate is either 75% of the standard tuition for lower-division courses or a fixed rate of $226.60 for Michigan residents enrolled in four lower-division credit courses. Upper-division and graduate-level courses may have different fee structures.



SAP & Financial Aid Appeals for Adult Learners

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is mandated by the US Department of Education and serves as a prerequisite for students to qualify for financial aid. At Wayne State adult learners can benefit from filing a SAP appeal, which offers several advantages. These include the potential reinstatement of financial assistance, the development of an academic plan to facilitate a return to good standing, and an opportunity for students to elucidate their circumstances, potentially leading to reconsideration for financial aid.


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Senior Care Foundation

Senior Care Foundation provides helping hands at senior living centers and rehabilitation facilities. Our volunteers engage with older adults to create meaningful experiences through activities such as; playing board games, painting nails, building challenges, etc.



Senior Citizen Outreach Program

This student led organization is committed to serving Detroit's aging population. They provide regular blood pressure screenings held multiple times each month, and assistance in monitoring the health of older individuals within Detroit. This initiative allows students to give back to their community while to developing essential skills for future healthcare professionals.



Sucessful Aging Throuh Financial Empowerment 

Success After Financial Exploitation (SAFE) is a program that focuses on helping victims of financial exploitation, particularly older individuals, by providing resources and support to assist them in recovering and regaining control of their finances. 



The Adult Learner Council

The Adult Learner Council is an organization that promotes the interests and concerns of adult learners at Wayne State University. The Adult Learner Council (ALC) provides a platform for adults to contribute to developing programs and services that support their educational pathways.



Tuesday Talk

Tuesday Talk is a weekly series of meetings exclusively tailored to the adult learner community at Wayne State University, overseen by Susan Reynolds. This program offers participants engagment in career readiness training, technology guidance, and assisted learning opportunities.



Virtual Accessibility Training

The Office of Marketing and Communication's Virtual Accessibility Training offers a variety of self-paced trainings related to accessibility. Annual training is required for University staff (e.g. administrators, faculty, support staff, student employees) responsible for creating or distributing information used to conduct core University business with online content to students, employees, guests, and visitors with disabilities.



Volunteer Hub

The Volunteer Hub is a resource created by the Dean of Students Office to connect students to volunteer opportunities on campus and in the Detroit community. Students can loated local nonprofits and engage with them in various ways, such as donating money, volunteering, attending events, and buying items from the wishlists. 



Warrior Way Back and Adult Learners

The Warrior Way Back Facebook page serves as a hub for individuals seeking to re engage in their accademic pursuits. Users joining the group will fill find program details, updates, and announcements and interact with fellow members, fostering a supportive community interested in 



Warrior Way Back Program

The WSU, Warrior Way Back (WWB) program provides a opportunities for returning students facing financial barrie+B38rs. If you have an outstanding balance of $4,000 or less owed to WSU, you may qualify for debt forgiveness through the WWB program.