The Great DUSP MeetUp: Empowering Alumni-Student Action

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

Request for help: where *do* DUSPers meetup?

I need your help.  I’m trying to identify all the points where DUSPers meetup.  ALL of them: in-real-life, virtual, public, private, semi-public, semi-private, ad hoc, informal, formal, local, regional, national, international, etc.

Frank, Hattie, and I are going to turn all this info into a nifty, dynamic diagram and publish it by Friday 6/5/09 (just in time for graduation.. 🙂

So, please share what you know.  You can send me (or Hattie, or Frank) a direct email, or you can comment on this post.  Whatever works best for you.

Just please report back with your knowledge early and often!

Also, keep in mind that it would be great to keep things relatively simple.  We’d like to start with the points that have a DUSP-focus; we can always scale up for a future iteration.


Here’s what I’ve roughly pulled together so far:

Public points (visible and/or open to all)

  1. Alumni-Student Group blog, The Great DUSP MeetUp
  2. MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning website
  3. School of Architecture and Planning website
  4. MIT DUSP Student Council website
  5. Facebook
    • DUSP Community
    • DUSP Alumni Group
    • IDG Group
    • DUSP FPOP (Freshmen pre Orientation Program)
    • SA+P

Private/Private points (open to some)

  1. DUSP Calendar
  2. Official department emails (from Ezra Glenn / Amy Glasmeier)

Private points (members only, but not necessarily restricted access)

  1. Infinite Connection | MIT Alumni Association
  2. Plaza
  3. Email lists
    • DUSP in Downtown Boston – see Angela Insinger (MCP’07)
    • DUSP in Los Angeles – see James Rojas (MCP’91)
  4. Listservs
    • DUSPCYCLE – duspcycle[at]
  5. Google Groups
    • NYC DUSP
  6. Yahoo Groups
    • Bay Area
  7. LinkedIn
    • MIT DUSP Community
    • MIT Center for Real Estate
  8. Facebook
    • SENSEable’s

Filed under: Career Development, Meeting Up, Networking

Meanwhile, back at the ranch…(updates from DUSP Career Development)

three announcements from the world of DUSP Career Development – for alumni and students, both:

MJD: Now Full-time

Mary Jane Daly has moved to a full-time work schedule as of April 1, 2009. email her at daly[at]mit[dot]edu.

DUSPers, Take Alums Out to Lunch (For Free!)

last semester, Molly Ekerdt (MCP’09) came up with a great idea to facilitate networking by and among DUSPers: current students can take an alumnus (or practicing planner) out to lunch, reimbursable up to $20 by DUSP Student Council. students have taken advantage of this for career advice, thesis interviews, and, well, plain old free lunch. Alums, update your Infinite Connection accounts so you can be treated to lunch.

DUSP Careers Website: Evolving (+ More on the Way)

check out the work Sloan Dawson (MCP’10) has done, along with MJD, to begin updating the Careers website. of note is the weekly News + Events page. more changes to come as the Alumni-Student Group keeps moving!

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Alums: Hire a student through Community Service Work-Study (CSWS)

Just in case you didn’t get the 4/1/09 email from the MIT Public Service Center:

Dear MIT Boston area alumni, MIT students are always looking for new experiences. As alumni, you could be a wonderful resource for current students-and for your local community-by helping to locate summer job opportunities with: – Nonprofit organizations – Educational programs – Governmental agencies Community Service Work-Study (CSWS) is a program that makes it possible for students receiving financial aid to perform meaningful service while receiving a paycheck. It’s also great for community organizations, who receive a significant reduction in the cost of the wages thanks to Federal work-study support. While most CSWS students find positions in Cambridge during term time, it is also possible for students to work anywhere around the country during the summer and IAP. If you know of an organization in your area that would be interested in advertising a summer internship or job to MIT students, please share this information with them. There may also be “hardship funding” available for community organizations that are not able to afford their portion of a student’s wages. The benefits to an organization are numerous. Here are a few: – Access to problem solvers and creative thinkers – A highly motivated student to tackle a project no one else has been able to find time for – The ability to influence a student’s view of the nonprofit world – A 66% discount in the cost of student labor The benefits to a current MIT student are remarkable as well: – Work experience – Understanding of new communities and their issues – Seeing the results of the work he or she contributes to an organization – Opportunities to apply lessons from the classroom – Travel in another part of the country I am excited to offer students the opportunity to work in your area for the summer, and I hope that you are too. Please get in touch as soon as possible if you know of any community organizations that could employ a CSWS student! Please contact Linden McEntire at or at 617-253-8065. Thank you, Linden McEntire MIT Public Service Center Community Employment Program Administrator 617-253-8065

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