The Great DUSP MeetUp: Empowering Alumni-Student Action

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

Save the Date! DUSP Alumni Reception in NYC – February 10

Dear NYC DUSPers,

Please save the date for a DUSP Alumni Reception with Department Head Amy Glasmeier on February 10 from 6 – 8 pm.

Come to connect with NYC alumni from all years, hear the latest news from DUSP, and meet the new department head.  Prospective students are welcome, so please extend the invitation:

  • WHAT:  DUSP Alumni Reception with Amy Glasmeier
  • WHEN:  February 10, 6 – 8pm
  • WHERE:  Manhattan location TBD

Food and drink provided

Cost – $20 for alumni, free for prospectives; any surplus will be donated to DUSP

Detailed Invitation, Location, and RSVP details will follow — hope to see you there!
– Whitney Foutz (MCP ’06, CRE’06)
Jonathan Rose Companies


Filed under: DUSP Updates, Meeting Up, Networking, , ,

Request for your insight: Plaza survey

Dear All

In an effort to help improve DUSP’s communication, the Plaza Working Group has designed a short Google Forms survey to gather feedback on how Plaza is currently being used and to guage the future potential of online communications for the department

Please take 5-10 minutes in the next few days to give us your feedback towards improving internal communications. The link below will take you directly to the survey. The survey closes on Tuesday 11/24 at 11:59pm. Results will be posted to Plaza no later than Monday 11/30.

This survey is intended for DUSP affiliates, only.  To access, please go to:

Best Regards,

The Plaza Working Group
Joe Ferreira | Faculty Liaison
Rob Goodspeed | PhD ’14
Andrew Gulbrandson, Chair | MCP ’10
Frank Hebbert | MCP ’08
Evan Paul | MCP ’10
Gena Peditto | MCP ’07
Josh Sklarsky | MCP ’10

Filed under: DUSP Updates, , ,

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

Read the rest of this entry »

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

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!

Filed under: Career Development, DUSP Updates, ,