The Great DUSP MeetUp: Empowering Alumni-Student Action

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

on Plaza: Class recommendations

DUSPers, recommend your favorite classes (or professors) over at this Plaza discussion (login required). or if you can’t find your Plaza login, just post them here, in a comment, and i’ll migrate them over.



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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

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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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Wow! 975 views since launching one short week ago!

Wow!  This site has received 975 views since launching last week, the DUSP Community group on Facebook has grown from 0 to 77 fans, and the LinkedIn Group has grown to 285 members!

It’s really exciting how supportive people have been about this site as a friendly online “meetup” for the DUSP community to exchange information.  On the group’s end, we need to get into the practice of posting more regularly so that you have a reason to keep coming back (and we’re planning on it).  But as we get the ball rolling, please feel free to help us and suggest postings (or become a post-er yourself!).  Thanks so much!

– Gena (MCP’07)

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Welcome to The Great DUSP MeetUp!

Hi, everyone! This blog is the experiment in alumni-student community-building that you’ve probably heard us talking about lately. Take a look around, read about our mission and plan, who we are and how to get involved, and be sure to leave comments because like all good DUSPers, we feed on feedback.

We’re looking to expand the group – so please also leave a note if you’re interested in joining up. Thanks!

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