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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.


Local Host Committee

Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota

Chair, Carissa Slotterback
Associate Dean

Laura Bloomberg
Professor & Dean

Ryan Allen
Associate Professor


2019 Keynote Speakers

Jennifer Evans-Cowley, PhD, AICP
Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs
University of North Texas

Jennifer Evans-Cowley, is the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of North Texas. As provost she leads one of the nation’s largest and most diverse Carnegie Tier 1 public research universities educating more than 38,000 students through a broad and balanced array of 221 academic programs. The education of these students is through the efforts of more than 1,500 faculty and 1,200 academic staff.

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.
Cowley is a native of North Texas, growing up in Arlington. She was awarded a bachelor of science in political science, a master of urban planning, and a PhD in urban and regional science, all from Texas A&M University. In addition, she earned a master of public administration degree from the University of North Texas.

Michael Goh, PhD
Vice President for Equity & Diversity
University of Minnesota

Michael Goh, PhD is vice president for equity and diversity for the University of Minnesota 5-campus system. He is also a professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development in the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) and affiliated with the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change. In addition to his academic tenure here, Dr. Goh is a PhD graduate from the Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology program and his combined twenty-four years as a student, faculty, and senior administrator at the University of Minnesota have given him deep and nuanced insights on what it takes to achieve inclusive excellence on our campuses. For this reason, Dr. Goh was invited in 2014 to serve as the university’s associate vice provost for equity and diversity. In that capacity, he was instrumental in promoting and supporting the recruitment and retention of diverse faculty to our campuses. As a distinguished scholar and teacher who has also engaged with our Minnesota communities in service and research, Dr. Goh’s focus on multicultural counseling, intercultural competence, and cultural intelligence brings an interdisciplinary lens to equity, diversity, and inclusion issues in higher education as well as the unique skills vital for his key senior leadership position.

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.

Alene Tchourumoff
Senior Vice President of Community Development & Center for Indian Country Development
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Alene Tchourumoff is Senior Vice President of Community Development and Center for Indian Country Development at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. In this role, she leads the Bank’s strategies for engaging communities throughout the Ninth District with emphasis on low‐ and moderate‐ income populations and Indian Country.

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:


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.


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