City of Winston-Salem University

City of Winston-Salem University (CWSU) gives citizens a better understanding of city government, including the responsibilities of various city departments and the city’s role in the community.

Students are chosen through an application process. Class size is limited. It is a free, 12-week course which meets once a week on Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m. Classes are held at City Hall and various other locations. The 2022 application is now available (printable version[pdf]). Application deadline is July 22. Class begins Thursday, August 25, 2022.

Congratulations to the 2021 CWSU Graduates!

Graduation with logo 2021Front row (left to right): Joy Truluck, Pamela Ingram, Darrell Farewell, Cindy Sheaffer, Fanay Hauser. Second row: Sue Spainhour (instructor), Ashlynn King, Curtis Walker, Angela Levine, Yvette Spears, Chantea Carpenter, Darcie Lewis, Gwen Teal, Tokeaya Spivey, Enrique Catana.

Topics Covered

Requirements

In Class Requirements

Attend 9 out of 12 sessions (cannot miss more than 2 classes) 

Outside of Class Time Requirements

  • Attend at least one City Council or Council Committee meeting
  • Complete a group budget project
  • Complete a ride along with the Winston-Salem Police Department (requires a background check ); OR with the Winston-Salem Fire Department
  • Participate in one of the following group tours:
    • Bonds project tour
    • Shadow a City Link agent
    • Utilities Division facility (Elledge Wastewater Treatment Plant)

Class of 2021

Graduation with logo 2021

Graduates: 
Front Row - Joy Truluck, Pamela Ingram, Darrell Farewell, Cindy Sheaffer, Fanay Hauser 
Back Row - Sue Spainhour (staff), Ashlynn King, Curtis Walker, Angela Levine, Yvette Spears, Chantea’ Carpenter, Darcie Lewis, Gwendolyn Teal, Tokeaya Spivey, Enrique Catana Ramiro 

Class of 2021 Testimonials

I have lived in Winston-Salem for over 30 years, and I learned so much from this program about our city government and community at large.  It is a very well-run program that is definitely worth the investment of time.  I met so many great people, and now I truly am proud to call Winston-Salem my home. - Darcie Lewis