Planners' Forum is the student government body for DCRP, serving the interests, needs, and concerns of the master's students and providing overall student support.
It acts as a liaison between students and faculty, opening the lines of communication and promoting joint efforts in intellectual growth and public service. Through several sub-committees, Planners' Forum provides an opportunity for students to be involved in shaping the future of DCRP, by organizing student social events, participating in community outreach activities, inviting speakers, and serving on departmental committees.
Assists the faculty in student admissions decisions for DCRP.
Contact: Kristen Langford
Alumni Relations/Career Services
Responsible for facilitating student-alumni contact and involving alumni in DCRP activities. Disseminates important career services information, such as resume workshops and job fairs, and updates the DCRP internship/job database.
Community Outreach Committee
Organizes opportunities for students and faculty to serve in the community through events such as habitat builds, park clean-ups, etc.
The Planners' Forum co-presidents coordinate the activities of the various sub-committees with the interests of students and the goals of the department. By attending faculty meetings, participating in various departmental committees, and working with other University organizations (such as the Graduate and Professional Student Federation and Student Congress), the co-presidents and sub-committees work to integrate student interests and the DCRP community into the larger University community as well as Chapel Hill.
Works to amend and improve the curriculum by fielding student complaints, forwarding ideas for new classes, and helping to construct semester schedules.
Addresses diversity in DCRP and the broader field of planning. Organizes workshops around race, class and gender; invites speakers who specialize in issues of equity; facilitate an overall dialogue among students and faculty. Learn more about diversity at DCRP
Faculty Search Committee
Helps the faculty in soliciting and selecting applications for new DCRP faculty positions. The committee votes on the candidate to be recommended for hire to the faculty.
Informs students of social and recreational events on a weekly basis. Plans the fall picnic, holiday party, open house cookout, and other large department-sponsored events.
Speakers Series Committee
Coordinates bringing outside speakers to DCRP.
NC APA Representative
Acts as a liaison between the North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association and DCRP. Attends NC APA Executive Committee meetings and provides students with knowledge of activities of practicing planners.
Attends the meeting of the Graduate and Professional Student Federation (GPSF) and acts as an intermediary between DCRP and the Graduate School.