Diversity in Planning Program


Half of humanity now lives in cities. As challenges of sustainability, economic development, human health, and democratic governance play out across the globe, urban planners will play a critical role.

Consider a career that lets you:

  • Work towards environmentally and economically sustainable development
  • Advocate for equity and social justice
  • Learn to reshape city infrastructure for the 21st Century
  • Be an urban development expert, in the US and abroad

These workshops will:

  • Introduce you to the field of urban planning and the various careers in planning
  • Facilitate discussions with nationally recognized practitioners and professionals in the field
  • Allow you to meet current planning students and alumni
  • Provide information on successfully applying to masters programs in planning

On-Campus Workshop and Important Dates:
Friday, November 2, 2018

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Fall Workshop
Application Deadline: Friday, October 19, 2018
Notification of Application Status: Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Workshop Schedule: 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Previous Keynote Speakers

  • Tamika Butler, Executive Director of the LA County Bike Coalition
  • Cliff Graves, Former Community Development Department Director of the City of Carson, September 26
  • Jan Perry, General Manager of the Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department and former Los Angeles City Councilmember for the 9th District

Previous Invited Speakers

  • Genoveva Arellano, Principal and Owner of Arellano Associates
  • Cornelius Burke, Policy Manager of Bay Area Council
  • Gail Goldberg, Executive Director of Urban Land Institute Los Angeles, Former Director of the Los Angeles City Planning Department
  • Cliff Graves, Former Community Development Department Director of the City of Carson
  • Lynn Jochim, Executive Vice President of Fivepoint Communities
  • Roy Willis, Real Estate Development Consultant at Newhall Land

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For questions about the Diversity in Planning Workshop, please contact Michael Robertson:

Michael Robertson
Workshop Coordinator
USC Sol Price School of Public Policy
University of Southern California
650 Childs Way
Ralph and Goldy Lewis Hall, 102
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0626
Email: [email protected]