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Meet New ACSP Student Governing Board Representative Mary Wolfe

Friday, February 10, 2017  
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ACSP welcomes Mary Wolfe as our new Student Governing Board Representative! Mary is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in City & Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, concentrating on transportation, travel behavior and infrastructure & equity. Mary’s term will begin this spring and run through Spring 2019.

“I am thrilled to serve as one of the ACSP Student Representatives,” said Mary when asked about her new position. “I believe that doctoral students of planning possess a unique set of experiences and perspectives related to planning research, practice, and education. I look forward to tapping into this diversity of viewpoints to strengthen the Association.”

Mary was nominated by current student representative C. Aujean Lee, a doctoral student at University of California Los Angeles. Aujean will serve alongside Mary during the next year. “Mary has a breadth of experience with social media and international planning. We are excited to have her in the new term,” shared Aujean. “Her previous experience as a Fulbright scholar in the Netherlands will help ACSP students strengthen our connections to international schools.”

When asked to share her goals for her term, Mary had this to say, “My goal as a Student Representative is to continue the efforts of the dedicated representatives that have come before me while applying a new lens of understanding to issues that doctoral students face. With an aim to strengthen inclusivity, I plan to identify and eliminate barriers for doctoral students who wish to be more involved with the Association. I also hope to grow connections between ACSP and young planning scholars abroad by meeting and working with my international peers at the AESOP Young Academics conference in April.”

ACSP is looking forward to all of the input this bright young scholar has to offer our association. Perhaps out-going student representative and fellow nominator, James Wood with Florida State University, said it best, "Mary brings vital experience and a geographic diversity to the student rep position, and we're very excited to see where her energy and ideas take us over the next two years."


The Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning promotes education, research, service and outreach in the United States and throughout the world by seeking to:

  • recognize diverse needs and interests in planning;
  • improve and enhance the accreditation process, and;
  • strengthen the role of planning education in colleges and universities through publications, conferences, and community engagement;
  • extend planning beyond the classroom into the world of practice.