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    Lanisha Blount, NCAPA 2013 Summer Fellow

    The North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association selected Lanisha Blount, a second year graduate student studying in the City & Regional Planning Program at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill as the 2013 Summer Fellow.

    Now entering its second year, the Summer Fellowship program was created to increase diversity within the planning profession by fostering the professional development of a student whom is interested in pursuing a professional planning career. The $1500.00 fellowship is open to a graduate or undergraduate woman or a person from an under represented ethnic group who is majoring in urban planning or planning related at an accredited university in North Carolina.


    “I am proud of the Fellowship's evolution and its significant place within the Chapter’s overall commitment to supporting efforts to diversify the planning profession, “said Ben Hitching (MRP ’97), Chapter President. “Lanisha’s academic achievements coupled with her vision or future outlook of how planners can work together with professionals from other disciplines to improve the quality of life within challenged communities was very impressive. We are happy to reward and support her ongoing pursuits toward a career in the planning profession.”

    The fellow will work closely with members of the executive committee as well as complete work on a policy research project.

    Lanisha Blount is an aspiring urban planner and designer who believes that all communities should have access to “profound public spaces with delightful greenery.” She is currently a Master’s student in City & Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill and received her BA from Emory University in Political Science. At UNC, her focus is on Real Estate and Placemaking, and she serves as the diversity committee chair for the planning department’s student organization, Planners' Forum. As a NCAPA Fellow, she looks forward to gaining more exposure to the field of planning by collaborating with planners from across region. Beyond planning, Lanisha enjoys rock climbing, longboarding and attending local festivals.

    About the APA-NC

    The North Carolina Chapter of the American Planners Association is an organization of 1,500 professional and citizen planners in North Carolina dedicated to providing educational programs promoting good planning throughout North Carolina For more information please visit:

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