Carolina is an exciting place to be! Here you will forge friendships and develop networks that will strengthen your career and the communities you care about. Students are involved in activities and collaborations across campus and still make time for weekly happy hours to get together as a Carolina Planning family. Through the advocacy efforts of Plan for All, as well as other student-run organizations and service opportunities like disaster relief in hurricane-impacted parts of the state, there are many ways to learn about and have impact on the wider Carolina community.
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Student organizations and committees provide a great opportunity to develop leadership skills and build relationships with DCRP students, faculty, and alumni, as well as the broader planning community. Participation also allows students to spearhead conversations and events about issues that fall outside of the framework of formal coursework.
Planner’s Forum is the umbrella organization for all student-run committees in Carolina Planning. The co-presidents manage committee budgets, support student-led initiatives and events, and serve as the primary liaisons for student interest to program staff and faculty.
Plan for All works on issues of equity, inclusivity, diversity, and social justice by sponsoring events that connect issues of race, class, gender, and sexuality to planning and make space for conversations around these issues.
The Social Committee’s duties include planning events to foster collegiality and community within the Department of City and Regional Planning, such as the weekly happy hour, welcome cookout, fall picnic, and holiday party.
CHRP prepares students interested in hazards and resilience to be leaders in their field through professional development and service opportunities. They engage practitioners in networking and training events to enhance students’ presentation skills and professional networks.
The Curriculum Committee conducts a constant review of the academic program so that it is aligned with the most up-to-date techniques and issues in the field of planning. The Committee also works with faculty to take student feedback into consideration during the review process.
Carolina BLUE (Building Leaders for Urban Engagement)
Carolina BLUE seeks to create connections between DCRP and local young people with the aim of building capacity for civic engagement and awareness of planning with hopes of a more open, accessible, and diversely populated field.
APA-NC is an association of 1,400 professional and citizen planners throughout North Carolina. It is one of the most active chapters of the American Planning Association in the United States.
Founded in 1974, the Carolina Planning Journal is the oldest student-run planning journal in the nation and provides a high-quality forum for planners, academics, and students to discuss challenges and strategies for planning in North Carolina, the South, and beyond. The journal’s blog, Carolina Angles, features writing from students and the wider planning community.
The Placemaking Committee works with students and faculty on building improvements to create a more vibrant New East. The Committee also hosts workshops, speakers, and events to further engage the community in the realm of placemaking.
The Graduate and Professional Student Federation is the legislative body of graduate and professional students here at UNC. It is responsible for advocating for and representing graduate and professional students in the large campus and state community.
The admissions committee is charged with shaping the incoming class of students by reviewing all Master’s applicants to Carolina Planning and making recommendations for admission to the faculty advisor. The committee also coordinates outreach efforts to prospective students and organizes the spring open house for admitted students.
ITE, or Institute of Transportation Engineers, is an international organization that supports career development for transportation professionals and produces technical resources on industry standards and best practices. Not only intended for engineers, the organization welcomes anyone who works to improve mobility and safety to create livable communities. There are over 100 student chapters in the US, and UNC Chapel Hill just became the 4th chapter in North Carolina.