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The blog of the MIT Department of Urban Studies & Planning Alumni-Student Group

ALUMNI ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND: DUSP Town Hall, April 29: Revisioning DUSP 2015

Dear alumni:

As mentioned in the posts about the DUSP 2010/2015 budgeting and
visioning process, Town Hall this spring aims to provide a first
opportunity for the entire DUSP community to come together to
deliberate and discuss possible guiding visions for the department,
based on where the planning field is heading and what the evolving
core competencies/skills in this field should be.  On both of these
points, alumni have an incredibly valuable perspective, and students
would welcome any alumni to attend and participate in this
conversation.

Even if you are not sure but you think you might attend, please email
me at leanne@mit.edu so I can put your name on the guest list — we
are holding the event in one of the undergraduate residences (as all
the other large campus spaces conducive to a town hall were booked)
and they require a list of all possible attendees in advance.  (You
will also need to bring a photo ID to get into the building.)

Also, feel free to respond either directly to me or to this thread
with questions or comments — particularly if you cannot make the
event but have ideas about any of the three questions outlined below.

Best,
Leanne Farrell, on behalf of DSC

SPRING 2009 TOWN HALL: REVISIONING DUSP 2010/2015

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29th
5:30 PM: DINNER
6:00-8:30 PM: TOWN HALL
W51, The Burton-Conner Building*

The Porter Room (second floor)
410 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA  02139

*Please bring a picture ID to get into the building (does not need to be an MIT ID)

+ What are the most important themes describing the department and the
planning field in 2010/2015?
+ What are the signature skills and competencies of a DUSP graduate in
2015?
+ How should DUSP be organized to realize this vision?

This is not your average Town Hall!

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Filed under: DUSP 2015, DUSP Updates, Get Involved, Meeting Up

One Response

  1. conniejean says:

    Town Hall agenda is now listed on Plaza (sign-in required) and pasted below:

    ——————————————————-
    TOWN HALL AGENDA

    W51, The Burton-Conner Building
    The Porter Room (2nd floor)
    *bring a picture ID.

    5:30 ARRIVE / ORIENTATION
    – Check-in & get materials to review
    – Get food

    6:00 WELCOME / OVERVIEW

    6:10 SOME VISIONS OF DUSP IN 2015
    – Panel with thoughts on a vision of planning and DUSP in 2015:
    – What are the most important themes describing the department and the planning field in 2015? (2 mins each)
    o What are the signature skills and competencies of a DUSP graduate in 2015? (2 mins each)
    – A diverse panel of faculty and students give some quick thoughts

    6:40 BREAKOUT GROUPS DEVELOP THEIR OWN VISIONS
    – Small group discussion and development of:
    – The key themes you all think are most important for DUSP in 2015
    – The signature skills and competencies of a DUSP graduate in 2015
    – The 5-7 bold steps needed to align the department with those themes and skills (e.g. new focus areas for fundraising, reconfiguring program groups, changing student requirements, etc.)

    7:10 VISION EXCHANGE & REACTIONS
    – A person from each group presents the themes, skills, and steps that their group came up with
    – Large-group discussion on common themes, differences, and what’s missing

    8:05 NEXT STEPS AND Q&A
    – Judy Layzer and Joe Ferreira give an overview of the DUSP 2015 and 2010 committees
    – Amy G. gives some final thoughts on how the outcomes of those two committees are feeding into decisions in the summer and fall

    -Connie (MCP’09)

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