February 10, 2017
On January 30, CU Denver’s APAS held its first meeting of the Spring 2017 semester. 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 semester, APAS will be offering the following activities, engagements and learning opportunities for its student members:
Brown Bag Series – This series gives students the opportunity to meet over lunch with professors and lecturers, who will present and have a discussion with students on an area of interest. This is a great way for students to hear a lecture on a planning topic they may be interested in but have not yet had the change to explore. It is also an opportunity for students and faculty to hear about research and work happening within the MURP department.
Policy Series – This three-part series will provide students the opportunity to hear from practitioners on how planning policy gets developed, adopted and implemented from key points of engagement, including advocates, planning staff and elected representatives.
Colorado Planning Tour – During the 2017 spring break, APAS will be taking a road trip around Colorado to visit a handful of cities across the state. While in various locations, the chapter will explore what towns and cities are doing from a planning perspective. This may take the form of guided tours with planning staff, Q&A sessions with planners followed by independent exploration, conducting research on an aspect of planning in a particular locale, and more.
Job Shadow Program & Resume/Cover Letter Workshop – APAS hosted a successful job shadow program in the fall and is excited to host another round this spring. The chapter’s focus will be on expanding the program by growing its list of hosts, especially those in high interest areas. In addition, APAS will host a resume and cover letter workshop for students to make sure they are ready to look for internships and jobs this spring.
Happy Hours – APAS wants all MURP students to get to know and network with other people in the program! Happy hours will be planned throughout the semester.
Facilitation Workshop – Public engagement is critical for ensuring MURP students are planning for all members of the community and developing equitable plans. However, effective public engagement isn’t always easy to do, and facilitating those conversations requires skill and practice. APAS will host a workshop designed to help students build their public engagement and facilitation skills.
Questions about getting involved in APAS as a student member, helping to serve as a volunteer for any of the mentioned events, or running for the APAS Board for the 2017-2018 school year (elections take place on March 27, 2017)?
Visit the APAS homepage, where you’ll find upcoming events and APAS board contact information.