Frequently asked questions

  • Audio/visual (AV) needs

    Basic AV services are readily available and we will do our best to accommodate special requests. You may request AV equipment on the speaker information form upon acceptance of your abstract.

    For your presentation, we encourage you to use Microsoft PowerPoint. If you require another presentation software, please let us know in advance on your speaker information form, and/or bring a laptop with that software installed to attach to our AV systems.

  • Can I serve as a moderator?

    If you'd like to serve as a panel moderator or have an idea for a panel presentation you'd like to moderate, please contact the committee at Moderator duties consist of reading panel session papers ahead of time (three to four-person panels), helping load presentations ahead of your session, keeping panelists to time and being prepared with a couple of questions for panelists to ensure an engaging Q&A.

  • How do I get around in Detroit?

    In addition to UberLyft, and taxis, there are several modes of public transportation in Detroit.

    D-DOT (City of Detroit Transit)

    The City of Detroit bus system serves within the city limits.

    Detroit People Mover

    The Detroit People Mover, an elevated and automated light-rail system, can help you get around downtown quickly, easily and safely. The 2.9-mile looped system has 13 stations, with automatic stops at key downtown locations. The People Mover connects to the QLine at Grand Circus Park.

    Mogo Detroit

    Rent a bicycle from many stations across central Detroit, including several on campus.


    Bird | Lyme | Spin

    Single-rider electric scooters are available for rent and can be picked up and dropped off anywhere in the area (literally) using the provider's app. Rates vary by provider but start at $1 plus a per-minute charge. To use a scooter, find an available scooter with the app, "claim" it, ride it to where you like, and "release" the scooter.

    SMART Bus

    This is the bus system for the Detroit metropolitan area; primarily serving the suburbs.


    As part of the SMART bus system, transportation is available from Detroit's Metropolitan Airport to and from downtown Detroit.


    The Qline is a 3.3-mile reciprocating streetcar line running along Woodward Avenue between Congress Street and West Grand Boulevard in downtown Detroit. The streetcar route has 20 stations serving 12 locations. There are two Qline stops near Wayne State University, one at Ferry Street and one at Warren Avenue.

  • How do I get to Wayne State University?

    The university is in the Detroit, Michigan Midtown area. You'll fly into Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW), which is served by most major international airlines.

    By bus

    The SMART bus system runs from Detroit's Metropolitan Airport to and from downtown, at a cost per person of $2 each way using the "Michigan - 261" route. The university is then just a short Q-Line ride away.

    Detroit is also served by Greyhound BusIndian Trails and Megabus, as well as Amtrak rail service. The Q-Line runs from Amtrak station to campus and nearby hotels.

    By car

  • How should I dress?

    Conference attendees wear a wide range of styles of clothing from casual (jeans and a shirt) to business casual attire. You should dress according to your own comfort level. Campus buildings are sometimes rather cool because of air conditioning, so keeping a jacket or sweater handy during the conference is recommended.

  • I am a speaker at the conference. How do I send my speaker information?

    Conference speakers should submit your speaker information upon confirmation of attendance.

    Send my speaker information

  • I am a speaker at the conference. Does my co-author need to register for the conference separately?

    If the co-author of your paper is also attending and/or presenting at the conference, he/she needs to register for the conference separately.

  • Parking information

    University parking varies per lot (about $7.75 on average) and requires a credit card.

    View map of campus parking structures

  • Special accommodations

    If you have any accessibility, dietary, religious, or other requests or requirements, please contact Our conference organizers will do their best to meet these requests, but this will be more feasible for those made in advance. All information shared will be treated with confidentiality.

  • What are the entry requirements for the U.S.?

    International attendees add greatly to the Annual Conference on Citizenship. If you do not live in the United States of America and wish to attend the conference, you may need to secure a Nonimmigrant Visa. Advance travel planning and early visa application are important since visa applications are currently subject to a greater degree of scrutiny than in the past. Due to the lengthy visa application/issuance process, you should request a letter of invitation as soon as you decide to attend the conference.

    Please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your country well in advance of the conference to learn how to secure a visa to travel to the U.S. To attend the conference, you will need a B-1 Visa. Conference attendees who are citizens of Visa Waiver Program participating countries generally do not need a letter of invitation, however, the conference is happy to provide a letter at request.

    Additional information

    Request a letter of invitation


  • What can I do when I'm not attending the conference (food and fun)?

    A large urban redevelopment movement is taking place in the city. Detroit has the look and feels of a big city when it comes to things to see and do, but the community spirit of a much smaller town – which makes the city uniquely welcoming. Detroit is a thriving cultural hub, and there are numerous historical and architectural masterpieces concentrated in family-friendly neighborhoods within walking distance of Wayne State University. The campus itself is located in Detroit's Cultural Center or "Midtown" and is surrounded by museums, galleries, theatres, restaurants, and other attractions.

    Learn more about Wayne State and attractions and activities in Detroit.

  • Where can I contact the conference organizer with questions?

    Questions should be directed to

  • Where should I stay?

    The Inn on Ferry Street 

    A full-service hotel consisting of four beautifully restored Victorian mansions and two carriage houses within walking distance from Wayne State's campus in the heart of Detroit's Cultural Center.

    Hilton Garden Inn Detroit Downtown

    Set in the heart of Harmonie Park, this hotel is surrounded by shops, restaurants and entertainment venues such as Ford Field and Comerica Park. The hotel is within very easy walking distance to the QLine on Woodward Avenue, which provides rapid transportation to the conference venue.

  • Will I need a car?

    Renting a car for use during the conference is not necessary if you're staying at one of the conference hotels in Midtown or downtown Detroit. If you're staying near campus, there are several restaurants and shops to visit. If you're staying at the Hotel St Regis, there are food options in the hotel, and it's only a block from the Qline, with access to a wealth of food and entertainment venues.

    If you wish to explore other parts of Metro Detroit or Michigan, such as The Henry Ford MuseumCranbrook Art MuseumDossin Great Lakes Museum, or venture out to Ann Arbor or East Lansing, you'll probably need a car. Zipcar offers several pick-ups locations around campus along with Enterprise Rent-a-Car that's located in the downtown area.