The Eugene Applebaum Chair in Community Engagement was created through the generosity of alumnus Eugene Applebaum, chair of the Wayne State University Foundation. The chair is a catalyst for cooperation between the university and community organizations on issues in business and economic development, education, health, international outreach and other areas. The holder of the chair will pursue and direct interdisciplinary research in areas of interest to the community as a whole.
Through the chair, the university will partner with organizations interested in developing future leadership for the nation’s cities. Honors College students, particularly those who grew up in the Detroit area, will work under direction of faculty and staff on projects that directly serve the public interest.