This fall, Carolina Planning held its first annual Fall Retreat to provide an informal space for students, faculty, and staff to enjoy each other’s company. First year Master’s student Ellen Emeric, who was involved in making the retreat a success, shares … Continued
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The Racial Equity Institute (REI) hosts trainings locally and nationally to help communities, organizations, and institutions develop tools to challenge patterns of power and to grow equity. In a student-driven effort led by Planner’s Forum and Plan for All, Carolina Planning invited REI to host a full-day Groundwater presentation in early Fall 2017.
At the end of a long final semester, and just before graduation, Carolina Planning students have one last time to shine at the 3rd Annual Capstone Reflection Event. Eight, 2017 Master’s Candidates were given the difficult task of condensing their Master’s Project research into a brief 7 minute presentation. With eight speakers, and quick transitions between presentations, the audience was treated to two hours of the latest planning research.
As a researcher and a practicing planner, I am passionate about both equitable development and coastal environments, which has directed my doctoral work toward addressing the needs of vulnerable populations in disaster recovery and redevelopment. My dissertation specifically focuses on the practice of “buying out” residents in risky areas. Hazard mitigation specialists view buyouts as the only permanent solution to reducing disaster impacts in areas where development patterns have put populations at risk.
Both of Darien’s internship opportunities came about through being active in the department and talking with students and faculty on a regular basis about his interests and noting when their interests intersected. His work experiences this summer provided him with tangible sets of experiences that he has already referred to numerous times in his studies this semester, and will likely shape how he approaches problems in the future.
Ying Su found her internship with ITRE through a hiring email sent to the department. Part of the position description focused on big data analysis, which had been an interest of Ying’s for quite some time. She had a good feeling that this internship would be a great fit for her and decided to apply.
Travis found his internship at the Volpe Center from the Carolina Planning listserv. He met up with a student in the department who had interned there the summer before to talk about the experience, and after that conversation Travis knew working there would be a good fit. The Volpe Center is a fee-for-service government agency that is a part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. Travis worked in the transportation planning division, where most of the work centered around transportation planning and related activities for other government agencies. He worked on projects for the Federal Railroad Administration, developing guidance on intercity passenger rail service planning, and the Federal Transit Administration on transit automation.