Wayne State University announces 2011 Community Leadership Awards

WSU Math Corps and Corktown Residents\' Council President Jeff DeBruyn to be honored

December 15, 2010

Wayne State University's Office of Government and Community Affairs announces the 2011 Community Leadership Awards. This year's recipients include the WSU Math Corps and Jeff DeBruyn, president of the Corktown Residents Council.
The awards honor individuals and organizations - nominated by the public - whose contributions positively affect the community. Winners will be recognized during the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute at the Max M. Fisher Music Center on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011.

"We established the awards to say thank you to the organizations and leaders who are involved in the community and involved in helping Wayne State further its mission," said Harvey Hollins, WSU vice president for government and community affairs. "The university is in the heart of an active and diverse community. Detroit is our campus and we want to acknowledge individuals who do things that not only benefit Wayne State but also Detroit at large."

WSU Math Corps is an academic enrichment and mentoring program that brings middle and high school students from Detroit public schools together with college students to learn mathematics from each other, as well as to interact with professional mathematicians in a university setting. It is based on the dream of creating a self-perpetuating "corps" of students from middle school through college who excel academically, hold values that breed success in general, and who, through strong mentoring relationships, pass their knowledge and values on to younger students.

Jeff DeBruyn is president of the Corktown Residents Council and a partner and founder of the Imagination Station of Roosevelt Park (, a nonprofit organization that engages residents to restore and renovate blighted areas throughout Corktown. He also serves as a peacekeeper at Manna Community Meal soup kitchen, and is a staff member at the Day House shelter for women and children in Corktown.

For more information about the Community Leadership Awards or MLK Tribute, visit, or contact Government and Community Affairs at (313) 577-0701.

Wayne State University is a premier urban research university offering more than 400 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to nearly 32,000 students.