Detroit, The City: What's Next? FOCIS empowers Detroiters to weigh in on the city's most pressing issues through 'CitizenDetroit' initiative
Wayne State University’s Forum on Contemporary Issues in Society (FOCIS) will launch a series of community workshops to educate high-performance (active and registered) voters about historical factors and events that contributed to Detroit's economic crisis. The CitizenDetroit initiative engages residents in the resolution of pressing issues while illustrating the complex landscape city leaders and elected officials must navigate to protect and advance Detroit's future. Tabletop exercises, including a budgeting simulation, give voters an experiential understanding of the difficulty associated with legislators' decision-making process. Coordinated by FOCIS, the Irvin D. Reid Honors College and the Eugene Applebaum Chair in Community Engagement, CitizenDetroit enlists three Detroit communities: Midtown, Northwest Detroit and Morningside.