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Year two: Service

After two semesters studying the city, Honors students enter their sophomore year ready to make a difference.

The Honors College service-learning program takes volunteering to the next level. In collaboration with community partners, students roll up their sleeves, bringing what they learn in the classroom into direct engagement with the world outside of class.

Make a Difference DayAll Wayne State University students are encouraged to get involved in the neighborhoods surrounding campus. The difference is that in the Honors College, hands-on involvement is expected, and Honors provides students with many opportunities to serve.

Through the office of CommunityEngagement@Wayne, which is housed within the Honors College, students volunteer in projects from literacy tutoring to transforming overgrown alleys into green spaces in Detroit. Recently, more than 200 Honors students volunteered with Habitat for Humanity for Blitz Build. In one week, our students helped build five new homes and rehab five existing homes in the Morningside Community on the east side of Detroit. Students participated in everything from swinging hammers to coordinating registration.Collectively, Honors students devote more than 6,000 hours each year to service and service-learning endeavors.   

"Attending WSU as an Honors student has taught me so much about myself and the community I live in. I appreciate all of the opportunities I've had, especially service-learning. This experience has changed the way I look at the world!"