American Planning Association Student Chapter Kicks Off 2016-2017 Year

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August 30, 2016

This afternoon, University of Colorado Denver’s (CU Denver) student chapter of the American Planning Association (APAS) kicked off its first meeting of the 2016-2017 school year. With nearly 30 Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) students in attendance, the APAS Board highlighted upcoming events of importance to planning students, as well as addressed goals for student involvement over the coming months.

As a student division of the American Planning Association (APA)—which is a national group of planners, public officials, educators and other dedicated citizens committed to creating vital communities—CU Denver’s chapter ensures that MURP students are engaged with activities, conferences and speakers shaping the future of the profession.

During the meeting, the APAS Board provided students with a preview of potential opportunities to become actively involved over the school year, including participating in a job shadowing program, brown bag lunches, planning-related lectures, interdisciplinary walking tours, and volunteer opportunities with non-profit organizations creating more livable communities.

Specifically, APAS highlighted its role in planning this year’s Park(ing) Day, which is an annual worldwide event where parking spots are transformed into activated public spaces to showcase the possibilities of an urban environment that dedicates less space in the built environment toward cars. This year’s event will be held on Friday, September 16. For MURP students interested in becoming involved, APAS Vice President Lorin Crandall is coordinating the event and actively looking for volunteer participation.

APAS also highlighted the upcoming annual APA Colorado Conference, which will be taking place October 24-26 in Colorado Springs. The conference will be an opportunity for networking with professionals and fellow students, as well as to see planning efforts taking place across Colorado. APA membership is required to attend and students receive a conference discount. Further, first year MURP students can receive a free, one year APA Early Career Program membership by contacting Assistant Professor CTT Ken Schroeppel by Thursday, September 29. Benefits of the Early Career Program can be found by visiting APA’s website.

This year, APAS will also be activating several committees to allow MURP students to increase their involvement in the areas of planning that are of most importance to them, such international development, social justice, transportation planning and healthy communities.

With the plethora of activities taking place, APAS President Carolina Van Horn is already excited for the new cohort of MURP students and the possibilities of APAS for the year.

“The MURP program goes by fast and I’m excited about collaborating with other students to foster an active and engaged student body connected to planning inside and outside of CU Denver.  For anyone who missed the first meeting but is interested in being involved, please reach out and we’ll get you connected,” Van Horn says.

APAS’s vision is to facilitate student engagement, provide MURP students with a variety of career development opportunities, foster relationships in the planning community at the University and beyond, and to continue to improve the student experience for current and future CU Denver MURP students.

For more information or to become involved in APAS, reach out to Carolina Van Horn.