Student Organizations

Students are strongly encouraged to become active with APAS, the CU Denver student chapter of the American Planning Association, which promotes the involvement of student planners in local, regional, and national planning activities and provides a mechanism through which students can interact with professionals, address common concerns, and receive support in their endeavors in the field of planning. APAS’s goals are:

  • Facilitate communication and engagement between the students in the Master of Urban and Regional Planning program at CU Denver, the state chapter (APA Colorado) and the national APA organization.
  • Provide the mechanism whereby student planners can influence the development of the planning profession.
  • Serve as a social network for the CU Denver MURP students.
  • Represent the needs of MURP students to CU Denver, College of Architecture and Planning, and MURP program faculty and staff.
  • Coordinate monthly meetings with students to maintain communication and to encourage proactive involvement among students.

APAS raises funds to help with student scholarships to the state and national APA conferences. They host educational events such as “Breakfast with Professionals” to allow students an opportunity to engage professional planners in an informal setting, and they put on additional events or provide learning opportunities for students and professional alike. Each spring and fall, APAS hosts picnics and other social events for students to connect with one another outside of the classroom setting. All MURP students are welcome to participate in APAS; there’s no official “joining” necessary and there are no dues or specific commitments required. All MURP students will receive communications from APAS. For more, visit APAS’s Facebook page.

Planners Network is an association of professionals, activists, academics, and students involved in physical, social, economic, and environmental planning in urban and rural areas, who promote fundamental change in our political and economic systems.

Planners Network believes that planning should be a tool for allocating resources and developing the environment to eliminate the great inequalities of wealth and power in our society, rather than to maintain and justify the status quo. They are committed to opposing racial, economic, and environmental injustice and discrimination by gender and sexual orientation. We believe that planning should be used to assure adequate food, clothing, housing, medical care, jobs, safe working conditions, and a healthful environment. Planners Network advocates public responsibility for meeting these needs, because the private market has proven incapable of doing so.

Please visit the CU Denver Planners Network Facebook page.

Planners Network seeks to be an effective political and social force, working with other progressive organizations to inform public opinion and public policy and to provide assistance to those seeking to understand, control, and change the forces which affect their lives.

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