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Center for Latino/a & Latin American Studies


Honor Dr. Chinea for nearly 25 years of service and unquestionable commitment to WSU and its Latino/a students by contributing to a scholarship endowment in his name. 

Over the years, as the Director of the Center, Dr. Chinea has enriched the academic culture of the university and helped hundreds of students take advantage of opportunities that have allowed them to benefit from higher education.


In 2003, Jorge L. Chinea became director of the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies. In his time as director, he has developed or led a variety of innovative initiatives to provide opportunities for underrepresented students at WSU to develop their academic and leadership skills, such as the Latino Leadership Opportunity Program in Washington, D.C., the Afro-Latino Lecture Series, the Summer Enrichment Program, the College to Career Program, El Nuevo Comienzo Latina/o/x and Native Student Graduation Celebration, and La Academia del Pueblo Latino/a Studies Research Conference. He has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to support Center programming and student scholarships and has mentored colleagues and students at all levels, including doctoral students. Additionally he has built strong partnerships with organizations in Detroit, Puerto Rico and beyond.


Despite juggling administrative and teaching duties, Dr. Chinea has made significant contributions to the fields of Caribbean and Latin American History through research and scholarship. A professor in the Department of History and adjunct faculty of the Department of African American Studies, he specializes in the social and economic history of colonial Latin America and has written extensively on the interplay of race, labor and immigration in the Caribbean during the colonial era. His awards include a Mellon Foreign Area Fellowship for Research at the Library of Congress and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation.


Dr. Chinea approaches his multiple roles in and out of WSU with great respect for the people around him. He is a caring teacher, colleague, supervisor, husband, father and grandfather. This scholarship effort is being organized by alumni and community supporters of the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies in appreciation of the years of service he has given to WSU and the Detroit communities, and to ensure that Dr. Chinea's legacy of uplifting students can continue in perpetuity and encourage others to support student academic success.


Now, we honor Dr. Chinea's commitment to providing opportunities to underrepresented students at WSU, his research and scholarship, and his service by creating an endowed scholarship in his name. This scholarship will be awarded to a student who is earning a minor in Latino/a Studies at WSU and maintains at least a 2.5 GPA. with preference given to students with a demonstrated commitment to community service/engagement. 

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There are active Wayne State alumni regional networks in many areas across the country, and the engaged alumni who are part of those networks love giving back to their alma mater. Which regional network will have the most donors today?
Which regional network are you part of?
Rank Answer Donors
1 Chicago 16
2 NYC 10
3 DC 7
4 LA 5
5 Northern California 3
Gifts by school, college and unit
From the Ilitch School to CLAS to the W Food Pantry. Who is leading Giving Day with the most number of gifts?
Rank Department Raised
1 Mike Ilitch School of Business $187,114.00
2 School of Social Work $56,065.00
3 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences $45,478.00
4 College of Engineering $41,435.00
5 School of Medicine $30,384.00
6 Irvin D. Reid Honors College $22,910.00
7 College of Education $21,665.00
8 College of Nursing $19,202.00
9 General Scholarship Fund $18,267.00
10 Radiation Therapy Technology $15,250.00
11 Athletics $13,275.00
12 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiatives $12,964.00
13 College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts $10,603.00
14 WSU Press $9,038.00
15 Wayne Law $8,450.00
16 School of Information Sciences $4,175.00
17 Alumni Programs $3,556.00
18 University Libraries $2,670.00
19 The W Food Pantry $2,370.00
20 Other $2,336.00
21 Computing & Information Technology $2,305.00
22 Pharmacy Practice $2,150.00
23 Center for Latino/a & Latin American Studies $1,500.00
24 HIGH Program $1,480.00
25 Eugene Applebaum Pharmacy and Health Sciences $1,425.00
26 WDET $1,175.00
27 Dean's Discretionary Fund $1,025.00
28 Student Emergency Fund $879.00
29 International Programs $745.00
30 Graduate School $530.00
31 Institute of Gerontology $525.00
32 Pharmaceutical Science $500.00
33 Warrior Relief & Response $490.00
34 Physical Therapy $400.00
35 Michael Bowen Memorial Fund $350.00
36 Physician Assistant $350.00
37 Career Services $250.00
38 Center for Urban Studies $235.00
39 Occupational Therapy $150.00
40 TechTown Detroit $125.00
41 Economic Development $125.00
42 Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute $100.00
43 Radiologic Technology $100.00
44 Freer House $75.00
45 Emeritus Academy $54.00
46 Detroit Radio Information Service $50.00
47 Pathologists' Assistant $10.00
48 Pharmacy Class of 1979 Scholarship $0.00
49 Clinical Laboratory Science $0.00
50 Mortuary Science $0.00
51 Nurse Anesthesia $0.00
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Alumni, friends, faculty and staff members, parents and students make Wayne State what it is. Which group will make the biggest impact today? Stay tuned!
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Rank Answer Amount
1 Alumni $332,521.00
2 Faculty/Staff $80,041.00
3 Friend $12,403.00
4 Student $3,125.00
5 Parent $1,100.00
Alumni Class Year by Decade
With over 274,000 living alumni, WSU is proud of all alumni. Which decade of Warriors will prove to be the most philanthropic today?
In which decade did you graduate?
Rank Answer Gifts
1 '70s 131
2 '80s 92
3 '90s 86
4 2000s 72
5 2010s 58
6 '60s 47
7 '50s 10
8 2020s 8
9 '40s 2
WSU Employee Donations by Division
Across the university, our employees care about Wayne State's mission, inspiring from within. Which division has the most donors?
What division do you work for?
Rank Answer Donors
1 Liberal Arts & Sciences 68
2 Development & Alumni Affairs 64
3 School of Social Work 22
4 School of Medicine 22
5 University Libraries 22
6 Business School 19
7 Provost & VP Academic Affair 18
8 College of Nursing 16
9 Computing & Info Technology 16
10 College of Education 14
11 Pharmacy & Health Science 13
12 WSU Press 12
13 Student Affairs 8
14 Fine & Performing Arts 7
15 College of Engineering 7
16 Educational Outreach 7
17 Marketing and Communications 6
18 Honors College 5
19 Research 5
20 Facilities Plan & Management 4
21 Research Support 4
22 President 3
23 Athletics 3
24 Graduate School 3
25 Internal Audit 2
26 Business Operations 2
27 Fiscal Operations 2
28 Human Resources 2
29 Law School 2
30 School of Business Admin 1
31 VP Economic Development 1
32 VP Finance & Bus Operations 1
33 General Counsel 1
34 Governmental & Comm. Affairs 1
35 Procure. & Strat. Sourcing 1
36 Public Safety 1
37 Health & Physical Education 1
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