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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. 

This is an irrevocable gift, and shall be used for establishing an endowed scholarship in Dr. Jorge Chinea's name at Wayne State University.  If at any time in the judgment of Wayne State University it is impractical or impossible to carry out this purpose, then this gift shall be used at the discretion of Wayne State University for such other purpose as they determine to be consistent with my interests and intentions.  

In the unlikely event that the amount received is does not meet the minimum funding threshold to establish a named endowed or expendable fund under University Policy, 04-4 Private Support For Named Professorships, Scholarships, Academic And Educational Programs And Endowed Chairs, then the university will not be required to establish the fund, and it will transfer the amount received to a spending account for use in a manner they determine to be consistent with my interests and intentions.  

Wayne State faculty and staff can give via payroll deduction here. Consider a WSU legacy gift in your estate plan. 

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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 115
2 '80s 114
3 '90s 107
4 2000s 75
5 2010s 59
6 '60s 47
7 2020s 16
8 '50s 5
Regional Network Challenge
Which regional network can bring in the most donors on Giving Day? Gifts from across the nation (and world!) will be mapped and whichever Regional Network takes the lead will have an additional $500 gift made to the Student Emergency Fund in their honor by the WSU Alumni Association.
Which regional network are you part of?
Rank Answer Donors
1 Chicago 20
2 DC 15
3 LA 13
4 Northern California 12
5 NYC 9
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 Gifts
1 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 252
2 College of Education 140
3 College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts 137
4 Mike Ilitch School of Business 135
5 School of Medicine 106
6 College of Nursing 105
7 School of Social Work 84
8 College of Engineering 67
9 Law School 62
10 School of Information Sciences 55
11 C.S. Mott Center 54
12 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiatives 38
13 General Scholarship Fund 35
14 Athletics 32
15 WSU Press 30
16 Alumni Programs 29
17 Irvin D. Reid Honors College 26
18 The W Food Pantry 22
19 Student Emergency Fund 21
20 Computing & Information Technology 19
21 HIGH Program 18
22 University Libraries 17
23 Junior Year in Munich 13
24 WDET 8
25 International Programs 8
26 Institute of Gerontology 5
27 Pharmacy Practice 5
28 Economic Development 5
29 Center for Latino/a & Latin American Studies 5
30 TechTown Detroit 4
31 Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute 4
32 Detroit Radio Information Service 4
33 Freer House 4
34 Occupational Therapy 4
35 Dean's Discretionary Fund 3
36 Mortuary Science 3
37 EACPHS Diversity Scholarship 2
38 Graduate School 2
39 Physical Therapy 2
40 Pharmaceutical Science 2
41 Center for Urban Studies 1
42 Emeritus Academy 1
43 Class Gift 0
44 Eugene Applebaum Pharmacy and Health Sciences 0
45 Office of Campus Sustainability 0
46 Pharmacy Class of 1979 Scholarship 0
47 Clinical Laboratory Science 0
48 Nurse Anesthesia 0
49 Other 0
50 Pathologists' Assistant 0
51 Physician Assistant 0
52 Radiation Therapy Technology 0
53 Radiologic Technology 0
Donors by Affinity
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!
What is your affiliation to WSU?
Rank Answer Amount
1 Alumni $143,116.20
2 Faculty/Staff $69,801.00
3 Friend $30,230.00
4 Parent $3,275.00
5 Student $1,740.00
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 64
2 Development & Alumni Affairs 47
3 School of Medicine 23
4 School of Social Work 21
5 Business School 19
6 College of Education 16
7 Computing & Info Technology 14
8 College of Nursing 13
9 Fine & Performing Arts 12
10 Provost & VP Academic Affair 9
11 Student Affairs 9
12 University Libraries 8
13 WSU Press 8
14 Research 6
15 School of Info. Sciences 6
16 Pharmacy & Health Science 6
17 Marketing and Communications 6
18 Athletics 5
19 Law School 4
20 Facilities Plan & Management 3
21 Business Operations 3
22 Honors College 3
23 Human Resources 3
24 VP Economic Development 3
25 Educational Outreach 2
26 College of Engineering 2
27 Internal Audit 2
28 Division of Enrollment Mgmt 2
29 Inst. Res. Assess & Data Res 1
30 WDET 1
31 General Counsel 1
32 Fiscal Operations 1
33 Secretary Board of Governors 1
34 Research Support 1
35 VP Finance & Bus Operations 1
36 President 1
37 Graduate School 1
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