Why the D?


 Leaders and residents heard solutions for critical issues facing Detroit from high school students of the Cody Academy of Public Leadership during a symposium Friday, May 9, at Wayne State University Law School.

“Why the D? Detroit Youth Offer Solutions” was hosted by Wayne Law’s Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights and consisted of presentations and breakout sessions on these key topics: business and employment, education, housing and neighborhoods, and public services.

The symposium featured about two dozen juniors and seniors from Cody. Over several months during winter semester, 21 Wayne Law students volunteered their time to engage the Cody students in a project to inspire interest, education and constructive thinking about Detroit. The law student mentors assisted the Cody students in formulating a set of problems and communicating them through historical research, data, personal testimonials and solutions for growth.

First-year Wayne Law student Matthew Z. Robb, who taught civics and economics last year at Cody, coordinated the law school’s involvement in the project with Professor Peter J. Hammer, director of the Keith Center.