Student Senate

Wayne State University Student Senate

The Wayne State University Student Senate is a non-discriminatory, non-partisan representative body of students.  Its primary objective is to identify progressive methods that can be utilized by all students to encourage leadership, uphold student achievement, enhance campus-community life through quality programming, and act as a liaison between students and the Administration. General body meetings are typically held every 1st and 3rd Thursday and are open to the public. For information about Student Senate history, goals, and members, please visit us online or contact any member of the Student Senate. 

School of Social Work Student Representative

Laine Putans is the 2016-2017 Student Senate representative for the School of Social Work. Liane graduated with a Bachelor's of General Studies from University of Michigan and is currently an advanced year I-CPL student focusing on policy and leadership. Laine is honored to be representing the School of Social Work this year and looks forward to advocating for positive changes on behalf of her social work peers. Laine is also serving as a U-Link Representative for the National Association of Social Workers this year.

Laine's goals as the School of Social Work Student Senate representative include the following:

  • Increase student engagement in School of Social Work groups and extracurricular activities. 

  • Promote education about the Social Work profession within the School of Social Work and other disciplines 

  • Advocate for in-class education on Social Work licensing 

Outside of school, Laine works part-time in a domestic violence and sexual assault shelter and part-time as a research assistant on projects regarding incarceration and health. She volunteers with Hospice of Michigan in her spare time and enjoys spending time with her roommates and pets. 

Laine looks forward to working closely with her peers through her role on the Student Senate and urges students to contact her with their concerns, ideas, and questions. She would like students to know that they are welcome to attend any general body meetings and they are encouraged to contribute to Student Senate projects. Laine can be reached by email at or by phone/text at 616.204.2112. In-person meetings can also be scheduled and Laine looks forward to hearing from you.

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