This summer, two Carolina Planning Master’s students were awarded the first annual Excellence in Diversity Fellowship. This fellowship was established by the department through the generosity of donors to support students who contribute to the diversity of the department and planning profession. The awardees received a semester’s worth of tuition, health insurance, and a stipend.
Jennifer Rangel, one of the recipients, is currently working on a variety of projects thanks for support from this fellowship. One of her goals is to start a Local Latinos and Planning Network in North Carolina through the American Planning Association’s Latinos and Planning Division. She is also doing work to bring a Latino Urbanism lens to the East Durham Planning Initiative and present on the role of urban planning at Moisés E. Molina High School in Dallas, TX.
Ying Su, the other recipient, is working as a research assistant for Professor Yan Song thanks to the fellowship. She is studying livable city construction in Beijing to understand how land use factors impact residential satisfaction. The project has connected her with scholars from the Chinese Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research. She feels extremely grateful for the financial support and opportunity to improve her research skills.
Congratulations to the recipients, Jennifer and Ying! Thank you for all you bring to and do for Carolina Planning.