Citizenship Conference FAQs

 

How do I get to Wayne State University?

The University is in the Detroit, Michigan Midtown area. You will fly into Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW), which is served by most major international airlines.

There is now a public transportation bus ("FAST", part of the SMART bus system) from Detroit's Metropolitan Airport to and from downtown, at a cost per person of $2.00 each way. It is called the "Michigan - 261" route. The University is then just a short Q-Line ride away.

The next most affordable options for getting from the airport to your housing option are via Über or Lyft or by RideSkoot. Taxi (Checker Cab) is more expensive unless you are traveling in a group and can split the fare.The cost to get to Wayne State campus from the airport via RideSkoot is about $20 per person one-way. Uber costs about $24 each way.

Detroit is also served by Greyhound Bus, Indian Trails, and Megabus, as well as Amtrak rail service. Take the Qline to get from the Amtrak station to campus or your hotel, or a taxi, Lyft, or Uber to get to and from the bus stations.

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What are the entry requirements for the US?

International attendees add greatly to the Annual Conference on Citizenship. If you do not live in the United States of America and wish to attend the conference, you may need to secure a Nonimmigrant Visa. Advance travel planning and early visa application are important, since visa applications are currently subject to a greater degree of scrutiny than in the past. Due to the lengthy visa application/issuance process, you should request a Letter of Invitation as soon as you decide to attend the conference.

Please contact the US Embassy or Consulate in your country well in advance of the conference to learn how to secure a visa to travel to the US. Please see https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/tourism-visit/visa-waiver-program.html or https://visaguide.world/us-visa/nonimmigrant/visitor/ for more information. In addition, there is a helpful website about the visa application process at https://www.visawaiver.com/esta-usa/. To attend the conference, you will need a B-1 visa; see https://visaguide.world/us-visa/nonimmigrant/visitor/b1/.

Conference attendees who are citizens of Visa Waiver Program participating countries generally do not need a letter of invitation, however, the conference is happy to provide a letter should you desire one. For more information about the Visa Waiver Program, please visit the following website: https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/visit/visa-waiver-program.html. If you determine that you need to apply for a Nonimmigrant Visa, or simply wish to receive a Letter of Invitation, please email the conference organizer at citizenship@wayne.edu with the following information in your request:

First/Given Name:
Last/Family Name:
Salutation (examples – Mr., Ms., Dr.):
Country of Nationality:
Mailing Address:
A short description of your current involvement in citizenship studies:

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Will I need a car?

Parking is reasonably priced (but not free). Renting a car for use during the conference is probably not necessary if you are staying in one of the listed conference hotels or downtown. Parking on-campus is $7.75/day and requires a credit card; see the map of the campus parking structures here.

The University is in the heart of the redeveloping Midtown area of Detroit, and there are bus lines, streetcars, and taxis to get around. If you are staying near campus, there are restaurants and shops around the campus area. If you are staying at the Hotel St Regis, there are food options in the hotel, and it is only a block from the Qline, which will take you to a wealth of food and entertainment venues.

Uber and Lyft are available in Detroit, and are usually less expensive than a taxi. Wayne State University's McGregor Memorial Conference Center, where the 2019 conference will take place, is easily reached by foot or by Qline from either hotel. There is also the Mogo bike rental system available (see “How do I get around in Detroit?” below).

If you wish to explore other parts of Metro Detroit or Michigan, such as The Henry Ford Museum , the Cranbrook Art Museum, or the Dossin Great Lakes Museum, or venture out to Ann Arbor or East Lansing, you will probably need a car. One option is to rent a car just for the day from Zipcar, and there are several Zipcar locations on campus. Also available is Enterprise Rent-a-Car, which has an office in the New Center area close to campus.

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Where should I stay?

The Inn on Ferry Street 

consists of four beautifully restored Victorian mansions and two carriage houses within walking distance from WSU campus. It is a full service hotel with the feel of a bed & breakfast in the heart of Detroit’s Cultural Center.

Single Queen Bed rooms are available for $149 per night (plus tax). Reservations can be made by calling the front desk at 313-871-6000, and reference the Citizenship Conference Block. Reservations must be secured with a credit card. Unfortunately, reservations cannot be made on their web site using the discounted rate, but do please visit their website for more information: www.innonferrystreet.com. You can also email info@innonferrystreet.com and a front desk agent will get back to you via email within 24 hours or so. Please also reference the Citizenship Conference Block in your email. The reduced group rate will be honored until March 1, 2019, so please make your reservations by then.

Hilton Garden Inn Detroit Downtown

Set in the heart of Harmonie Park, the hotel is surrounded by shops, restaurants and entertainment venues such as Ford Field and Comerica Park. Enjoy amenities including complimentary WiFi in all guest rooms and public areas. Rejuvenate after a dynamic day with a workout at the fitness center or swim laps in the pool. The hotel provides a 24-hour business center for you to take care of your business needs from checking emails to printing documents. Enjoy a cooked-to-order breakfast at The Garden Grille & Bar. Unwind with dinner at the Chrome Bar and Grille.

The hotel is in very easy walking distance to the Qline on Woodward Avenue, which provides rapid transportation to the conference venue.

Single and double queen bed rooms are available at $159/night (plus tax). Please visit the hotel's website for more general information, and the hotel's reservation site to reserve a room.  Please make reservations by 2/20/2019 to make sure of getting a room at this reduced rate.

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What is the weather like in Detroit?

March in Detroit is generally cool and cloudy. Average temperatures in March range from 40-60°F/5-16°C during the day and drop to about 32-34°F/0-1°C at night. March is often rainy or snowy, so you should be prepared for cool wet weather by bringing a warm waterproof jacket or coat, hat, scarf, gloves, and waterproof shoes.

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How should I dress?

Conference attendees wear a wide range of styles of clothing from casual (jeans and a shirt) to business casual attire; therefore you should dress according to your own comfort level. Campus buildings are sometimes rather cool because of air conditioning, so keeping a jacket or sweater handy during the conference is recommended.

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I am a speaker at the conference. How do I send my speaker information?

Please fill out this form. You will receive a confirmation email when it is successfully submitted.

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Does my co-author need to register for the conference separately?

If the co-author of your paper is also attending and/or presenting in the conference, he/she needs to register for the conference separately.

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With regard to AV needs

Basic AV services are readily available; we will do our best to accommodate special requests. You may request AV equipment on the Speaker Information Form which will be provided to you upon acceptance of your abstract.

For your presentation, you are encouraged to use Microsoft PowerPoint. If you require another presentation software, please let us know in advance on your Speaker Information Form, and/or bring a laptop with that software installed to attach to our AV systems.

In exceptional circumstances, we can also offer you an opportunity to present your paper using technological means such as Skype video conference, but this is subject to prior approval of the conference committee. 

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With regard to moderator opportunities

If you would like to serve as a panel moderator, or have an idea for a panel presentation you would like to moderate, please contact the committee at citizenship@wayne.edu. Moderator duties consist of reading panel session papers ahead of time (3-4 person panels), helping load PowerPoints ahead of your session, keeping panelists to time, and being prepared with a couple of questions for panelists to ensure an engaging Q&A.

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Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, but your confirmation page will help if there are any questions about your registration, so you may want to hold on to it. 

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What is the refund policy?

Contact us for a refund by February 20, 2019. No refund requests will be accepted after February 20.

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Special accommodations

If you have any accessibility, dietary, religious, or other requests or requirements, please let us know at your earliest possible convenience, and preferably no later than March 1, 2019. The conference organizers will do their best to meet these requests, but this will be more feasible for those made before this date. Any information sent will be treated confidentially. 

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About Wayne State University

Founded in 1868, Wayne State University is a nationally recognized metropolitan research institution offering more than 380 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to more than 27,000 students. Wayne State’s main campus in Midtown Detroit comprises 100 buildings over 200 acres. WSU is home to students from nearly every state and 60 countries — the most diverse student body among Michigan’s 15 public universities.

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How do I get around in Detroit?

Besides Uber, Lyft, and taxis, there are several modes of public transportation in Detroit.

QLine

The Qline is a 3.3-mile reciprocating streetcar line running along Woodward Avenue between Congress Street and West Grand Boulevard in downtown Detroit. The streetcar route has 20 stations serving 12 locations. There are two Qline stops near Wayne State University, one at Ferry Street and one at Warren Avenue.

Hours of Operation: 6 am-11 pm weekdays, with an extension to midnight on Friday. 8am -midnight Saturday. 8 am – 8 pm Sunday. 

Cost per person is $1.50 for a 3-hour pass, $3.00 for an all-day pass.

Wayne State University Shuttle

There is a shuttle that does closed loops within Wayne State's campus approximately every 20 minutes. There is no charge for the service, but requires a university ID.

The Detroit People Mover

The Detroit People Mover, an elevated and automated light-rail system, can help you get around downtown quickly, easily and safely. The 2.9-mile looped system has 13 stations, with automatic stops at key downtown locations. The People Mover connects to the Qline at Grand Circus Park.

Hours of Operation: 6:30 a.m.-midnight weekdays, with an extension to 2 a.m. on Friday. 9 a.m.-2 a.m. Saturday. Noon-midnight Sunday. 

Cost: one-way fare is $0.75.

Mogo Detroit

You can rent a bicycle from Mogo Detroit. There are bike stations all over central Detroit, including several on campus. Rates are $8/day or $18/month. You may use a bike up to 30 minutes before it must be "checked in" at a station, but may use it an unlimited number of times in a 24-hour period.

Bird Scooters and Lyme Scooters

The Bird and Lyme scooters are single-rider electric scooters which can be picked up and dropped off literally anywhere. Rates differ between companies (see their websites for current rates) but start at $1 plus a per-minute charge. Both companies require using a smartphone app and a credit card. To use a scooter, find an available scooter with the app, "claim" it, ride it to where you like, and "release" the scooter.

Note, the scooters may not be available at night or in inclement weather.

Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART)

This is the bus system for the Detroit metropolitan area; primarily serves the suburbs. Bus tickets cost $2.00. You can pay with cash; the farebox accepts coins, $1, $5 and $10 bills. If you don’t have exact fare, you’ll receive a change card with the remaining balance to be used on future rides. Transfers can be purchased on the bus for $0.25 for connections between SMART, DDOT and other transit agencies.

Detroit Metropolitan Airport Transportation "FAST"

There is now a public transportation bus ("FAST", part of the SMART bus system) from Detroit's Metropolitan Airport to and from downtown, at a cost per person of $2.00 each way. The University is then just a short Q-Line ride away. Click here for details.

D-DOT (City of Detroit Transit)

The City of Detroit bus system, serves within the city limits. Bus tickets cost $1.50, but no change is available, so be ready with exact fare. Transfers can be purchased on the bus for $0.25 for connections between SMART, DDOT and other transit agencies.

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What can I do when I’m not attending the conference? - Food & Fun

A large urban redevelopment movement is taking place in the city. Detroit has the look and feel of a big city when it comes to things to see and do, but the community spirit of a much smaller town, which makes the city uniquely welcoming. Detroit is a thriving cultural hub, and there are numerous historical and architectural masterpieces concentrated in family-friendly neighborhoods within walking distance of Wayne State University. The campus itself is located in Detroit’s Cultural Center or "Midtown" and is surrounded by museums, galleries, theatres, restaurants, and other attractions. To learn more about Wayne State and attractions and activities in Detroit, see  http://wayne.edu/culture/detroit/

To get you started, here are a few things in easy reach of the Wayne State University campus, and some resources to help you explore the rest:

Tours and Visitors’ Guides:

Museums near Wayne State:

Where to Eat:

History and Literature:

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Where can I contact the organizer with questions?

Questions should be directed to Aimée Moran at citizenship@wayne.edu.

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