September 14, 2022

Wayne State University School of Social Work opens its doors to the Detroit community

The Wayne State University School of Social Work invites the local community to an Open House event welcoming friends and neighbors to its 5447 Woodward Avenue home. The event will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29.

During the open house, attendees will mix and mingle with Warriors and community members as they complete an interactive scavenger hunt and learn what distinguishes WSU as Detroit's social work school. Faculty, staff and students will be on hand to discuss the school’s programs, community engagement opportunities and research endeavors.

This event will also feature the dedication of the Maryann Mahaffey Courtyard. Mahaffey empowered social change in Detroit as a social worker, author, educator, civil rights activist, volunteer and political leader. For nearly 60 years at the local, state, national and international levels, Mahaffey put her deep commitment to solving critical social issues into action. Holding steadfast in her ideals, she supported the most vulnerable and advocated for equal rights as Detroit City Council president for 12 years and as a council member for 32 years. To memorialize and honor Mahaffey’s impact on Detroit, its residents and the social work profession, the School of Social Work has launched the Maryann Mahaffey Legacy Campaign and will dedicate a courtyard at its Woodward home in her honor.

Appetizers will be provided, and attendees are encouraged to bring guests.

Contact: Betsy Vanderstelt 

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