The Great DUSP MeetUp: Empowering Alumni-Student Action

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

DUSP Spring Town Hall: Summary of Recommendations from small groups

Dear Alumni:

At this spring’s town hall on 4/29/09, we asked the students, faculty and alumni who attended to discuss three key topics in small groups:

·      Key themes you all think are most important for DUSP in 2015
·      Signature skills and competencies of a DUSP graduate in 2015
·      Bold steps needed to align the department with those themes and skills

Below is a summary of the outcomes of those discussions.  They are also posted to plaza, so please log in there if you want to post a comment/reaction.

Leanne (on behalf of the DUSP Student Council)

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SUMMARY OF TOWN HALL RECOMMENDATIONS
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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.

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DUSP 2015: Alums, You’ve Got 6 Days to Tell the Dept What You Think

It was with much excitement that I greeted Amy Glasmeier’s, Judith Layzer’s, and Mary Jane Daly’s email late Wednesday night:

Dear DUSP Alumnus/a,

Department head Amy Glasmeier has charged a faculty committee, the DUSP 2015 committee, with proposing a vision to guide the department as we move forward. The context for this initiative is, of course, a worldwide recession that is likely to result in fewer resources for every department at MIT. But we regard this time of limited funding as an opportunity to focus our efforts more strategically. Therefore, the DUSP 2015 committee is stepping back and thinking about what cutting-edge planners should be doing and how they should be trained.

We would greatly appreciate the input of alumni/ae who are already putting their degrees to meaningful use and, presumably, have ideas about the kinds of expertise their future employees and colleagues ought to have. To that end, we would like to ask you to take a few moments to complete a short survey.

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