January 16, 2020

Warrior Wardrobe now open, providing gently used clothing to students

Wayne State University’s Warrior Wardrobe is now open and will provide gently used clothing to all currently enrolled students, free of charge.

“Wayne State’s goal is for all of our students to be successful — in and outside of the classroom — and we’re constantly working together to eliminate any potential barriers to that success,” said Provost Keith Whitfield. “The Warrior Wardrobe will be a great addition to our growing campus resources.”

The Warrior Wardrobe will include two separate locations. The Casual Closet will be operated by student volunteers. The Career Cube will be operated by Career Services and will also be used for career readiness programming for students transitioning into jobs. 

  • The Career Cube for business attire — including dress shirts, dress pants, suiting and other professional clothing — will be in the Career Services Office in FAB and open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Mondays and Fridays by appointment.
  • The Casual Closet for more casual wear — including jeans, sweatshirts, T-shirts and other casual clothing — will be located in room 202 of the Welcome Center and open Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“The Warrior Wardrobe is another way for our campus community to come together in support of our students and to help our students feel at home here,” said Dawn Medley, associate vice president for enrollment management.

Members of the campus community are invited to drop off their gently used clothing in a drop box located on the first floor of the Welcome Center. The Warrior Wardrobe is specifically in need of outerwear, multipacks of new underwear and new socks, as well as any kind of maternity or plus-size clothing.

The initiative is a collaborative effort led by Enrollment Management, Career Services, the Dean of Students Office and the Office of the Provost. The program fits into the broader Warrior Life and Wellness initiative, a collaborative effort of on- and off-campus resources focused on building a healthy community for all students through programming and events focused on the eight dimensions of wellness: emotional, financial, physical, spiritual, intellectual, environmental, occupational and social.

“We want to meet as many of our students’ needs as we can, so we’re excited to be able to offer this as another campus resource,” said Kate Dyki, a program management specialist in Enrollment Management. “No one should have to worry about having clothes to go to class.”

In addition to providing free, gently used casual attire, the Warrior Wardrobe will help students in need as they transition into their professional careers.

“It can be challenging — and expensive — to find the right clothing for a job interview, career fair or a professional networking event,” said Susan Crowley, university counselor III in Career Services. “We want all students to have access to professional attire so that they can focus on making the most of those opportunities. No one should have to worry about affording the proper clothing to be successful at a career event.”

Members of the campus community are invited to drop off their gently used clothing in a drop box located on the first floor of the Welcome Center. The Warrior Wardrobe is specifically in need of outerwear, multipacks of new underwear and new socks, as well as any kind of maternity or plus-size clothing. All donations are tax-deductible. 

 “Wayne State's spirit is demonstrated by collaborative efforts like these to help our students,” said David Strauss, dean of students. 

To learn more about the Warrior Wardrobe, visit warriorlife.wayne.edu/warriorwardrobe contact warriorwardrobe@wayne.edu.