2013 Summer Pre-Doctoral Workshop for Students of Color


Our world is changing, and urban planning can lead the way. In an increasingly diverse and globalized world, urban planners work to create communities that are economically thriving, socially just, and environmentally sustainable. A doctoral degree in planning can prepare you to link new knowledge to issues that affect communities and policy-making worldwide.

To introduce planning doctoral study to selected outstanding students, the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, in partnership with the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, will host a four-day workshop to prepare students to apply to and succeed in doctoral programs. Students from groups that are under-represented on planning faculties are particularly encouraged to apply.*

The workshop will be on the USC campus, in the heart of Los Angeles, July 21-24, 2013. Registration and instructional materials will be provided at no cost, lodging and meals will also be provided at no cost, and travel stipends are available for students coming from outside of California.

This workshop will include:

  • Networking with planning scholars from USC and other top national and international programs.
  • Information sessions on:
    • Applying for Ph.D. study
    • Linking research and the community
    • Preparing yourself for doctoral study
    • and much more
  • Mentoring sessions with senior scholars and graduate students in planning
  • Chances to meet students from across the country

* Groups that are under-represented on planning faculties include: African-Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, and Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islanders.

View the workshop flyer

Workshop Notes:

Notes from Pre‐Doctoral Workshop for Students of Color, July 2013

Important Dates:

Application Deadline: Friday, April 26
Notification of Application Status: Week of May 6
Program Dates: July 21–24, 2013

Workshop Schedule
View schedule (subject to change)

Workshop Faculty:

Also, the workshop faculty will include recent Ph.D. graduates:

Carolina S. Sarmiento, UCI 2013
Doctoral Candidate
Department of Planning, Policy and Design
University of California, Irvine (expected date of completion June 2013)

Anna Joo Kim, UCLA 2011
Assistant Professor of City Planning
Georgia Institute of Technology (Fall 2013)

Sylvia Nam, UC Berkeley 2012
UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
University of California, Irvine (Fall 2014)

Mia C. White, MIT 2013
Assistant Professor of Urban Studies
Department of Black Studies
University of California, Santa Barbara (Fall 2013)


Download the Summer Pre-Doctoral Workshop for Students of Color application


For questions about the Summer Pre-Doctoral Workshop for Students of Color, please contact:

Julie Kim
Program Administrator
Academic Programs Office

Sol Price School of Public Policy
Graduate Programs in Urban Planning and Development
University of Southern California
650 Childs Way
Ralph and Goldy Lewis Hall, 102
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0626
Tel: 213-740-1205
Email: [email protected]
Fax: 213-821-4315