Student Organizations

Wayne State Student Urban Planners (WSSUP)

Wayne State Student Urban Planners (WSSUP) is an association of Graduate and Undergraduate students interested in issues related to urban planning. WSSUP provides a forum for conversation, collaboration and innovation amongst students from multi-disciplinary backgrounds, and interests ranging from urban agriculture and design to economic development and housing equality. WSSUP’s goal is connect WSU students with resources and opportunities within and outside the university. We’ve achieved these goals through the years by hosting guest speakers, attending conferences and networking events, collaborating with local organizations to provide technical assistance, and organizing other volunteer opportunities. Though the explicit actions of WSSUP have allowed students, faculty and community members to benefit greatly, it is the intrinsic connections that provide the greatest value to WSSUP members. These connections remain with WSSUP amongst members who have gone on to become high ranking planners, community leaders and development professionals.

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Contact: Shelby Holmes, President

Detroit Biodiversity Network

 DBN’s mission is to engage students in hands-on projects to support and improve the sustainability of urban ecosystems on Wayne State University’s campus and in surrounding Detroit communities. DBN engages students in workshops related to growing food plants, mushrooms, and native plants, and partners with SEED Wayne to grow food on campus at the Warrior Garden.



Black Student Association in Urban Studies & Planning (BSAUSP)

The Black Student Association in Urban Studies & Planning (BSAUSP) seeks to benefit students of African-American and other backgrounds by: promoting their academic and professional development, encouraging service in local and other Michigan communities, connecting them to the fields of urban studies and planning, fostering a sense of community between student planners and the broader planning community, and promoting intellectual interchange to address concerns of distressed urban communities.

For more information or to get involved, email

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