About us

People of Planning holds space for UEP students interested in taking an anti-racist lens to planning and to explore how our various backgrounds, life experiences, and identities show up in academic and professional settings through forming relationships, supporting each other, and building community. 

Through an array of events and activities, we aim to build community, create shared spaces for discussion, and promote the exchange of ideas among students and practitioners. While some of these spaces will be intentionally held for specific affinity groups, most POP events are open to all. 

Possible identities that you might bring to and explore in this group could include (but are not limited to) people of the global majority/people of color, LGBTQIA+, genderqueer individuals, differently abled, native or indigenous folx, immigrants or new Americans, international students, first-generation students, students experiencing financial hardship(s), students from low-income backgrounds.

For the Spring 2021 semester, we aim to:

  • Create more opportunities to connect with UEP students and alumni
  • Provide avenues for members to meet with or join professional networks
  • Help a more diverse applicant pool apply to the department
  • Set up more department-wide conversations about anti-racism
  • Begin setting up a network of mentorship for POP/UEP students

In the long term, we hope to:

  • Create mentorship opportunities for our members
  • Connect with professional groups whose goals align with ours
  • Examine how UEP’s current admissions process serves prospective students of minoritized identities, and propose improvements
  • Aid the department’s efforts to become more diverse and inclusive

At the beginning of each semester we will review this statement, adjusting or setting new goals in accordance with members’ interests and needs.

View our constitution below: