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About the Local Host
The Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota ranks among the country’s top 10 professional public policy and planning schools, widely recognized for its success in advancing the common good through a comprehensive, world-class program. The School offers six distinctive master’s degrees, a doctoral degree, and six certificate programs that match students’ passion with the knowledge, skills, and experience needed to solve real-world challenges.
The Humphrey School’s outstanding faculty members are deeply engaged with students and committed to public service and public affairs scholarship. Eight policy research centers in the Humphrey School make significant contributions to solutions on issues ranging from politics and governance to urban and regional planning, from early childhood policy to technology and environmental sustainability.
The mission of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs is to inspire, educate, and support innovative leaders to advance the common good in a diverse world.
About Humphrey School's expertise in urban and regional planning: Urban and regional planning is one of Humphrey School's strongest areas of expertise. Humphrey students build a strong foundation in public action, political context, and the social and economic implications of urban planning. They understand the role of place in creating policy and recognize the diverse systems that form and impact urban and regional environments.
About Masters of Urban Planning: Influencing how neighborhoods, cities, and regions develop is the work of urban and regional planners. The Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) degree program brings together experts from planning, sociology, engineering, law, architecture, social work, public health, landscape architecture, urban design, and other disciplines to build cities, tackle urban sprawl, upgrade housing, protect the environment, and promote community and economic development.
Accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board, this degree program provides students technical and analytical skills needed to think strategically about developing and implementing plans at all levels. For nearly ten consecutive years, graduates of our MURP degree program have had the highest passage rate on the American Institute of Certified Planners’ exam.
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Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
2019 Keynote Speakers
Jennifer Evans-Cowley, PhD, AICP
Prior to becoming provost at UNT in 2017, Cowley served the Ohio State University for more than 15 years. Cowley became the first female to lead the city and regional planning program, building a new bachelor’s degree. And then went on to lead the College of Engineering’s growth as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Administration for the College of Engineering where she oversaw faculty affairs, facilities, institutional research and information technology. Most recently she served as the Vice Provost for Capital Planning and Regional Campuses leading the University’s $1 Billion capital plan, providing quality facilities - advancing academics and the university’s support units. She is leading the university’s visioning for the university’s regional campuses at Lima, Mansfield, Marion and Newark, which serve more than 6,000 students through the access and affordability mission of the university.
As a faculty member in public administration and emergency management & disaster science she is a popular speaker, blogger, teacher and scholar connecting academia and practice, whether it be through aiding communities in rebuilding after a disaster or connecting citizens to their city. She is a leader in her field, being named in 2011 as one of the top 25 leading thinkers and innovators in the field of urban planning and technology by Planetizen.
Michael Goh, PhD
In 2015, Dr. Goh was one of six professors on campus appointed Generation Next – Urban Research Outreach –Engagement Center (GenNext-UROC) fellows and tasked to study socio-cultural explanations for educational equity gaps in Minnesota. In his roles as an inaugural university-wide multicultural teaching and learning fellow and president’s distinguished faculty mentor Dr. Goh is passionate about multicultural education and mentoring students to succeed in higher education. Dr. Goh’s teaching, research, and service are focused on discovering better ways to conceptualize, assess, and ultimately teach intercultural competence in order to improve access to mental health services for underserved populations. His current research program includes cultural competence in mental health practice, cultural intelligence in teaching and counseling, multicultural master therapists, practice-based evidence, and help-seeking behavior and attitudes across cultures and countries. He was the lead investigator on a National Institutes of Health Partners in Research grant for a community-based project to study practice- based evidence amongst cultural providers of mental health. Dr. Goh was voted Teacher of the Year in 1998 and received the CEHD Distinguished Teaching Award in 2006. Also in 2006, Dr. Goh was recognized by the Minnesota Psychological Association for his Distinguished Leadership in Psychology and Mental Health. In 2010, the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development of the American Counseling Association presented Dr. Goh with the Exemplary Diversity Leadership Award and he was also named the inaugural recipient of the CEHD Marty and Jack Rossman Faculty Development Award for his creativity and innovation in scholarship, teaching, and service.
Most recently, Alene served as Chair of the Metropolitan Council, where she focused on building strong partnerships with local governments and community groups to advance transit, housing, and other critical infrastructure within the metro region. Previously, Governor Mark Dayton appointed her Minnesota’s first State Rail Director, and, from 2013 to 2016, she led the Planning Department for Hennepin County Public Works. Prior to her work at Hennepin County, Alene filled management and advisory roles focusing on infrastructure, planning and finance, in addition to serving as Agricultural Development Advisor to the World Bank.
Alene holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from George Washington University School of Business, and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
2019 Committee on the Academy
This special event program is created by the ACSP Committee on the Academy. For more information about this committee, see: https://www.acsp.org/page/CommOnAcademy.