Pre-Doctoral Workshop for Underrepresented Students of Color
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October 27 & 28, 2018 ~ Buffalo, NY

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The Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning invites students of color with an interest in pursuing Doctoral studies in Planning to attend the annual ACSP Pre-Doctoral Workshop. This year, the 2018 Workshop will take place in Buffalo, New York at the University at Buffalo in conjunction with the ACSP's Annual Conference. The Workshop originates from the efforts of ACSP’s Committee on Diversity and the Strategic Plan of ACSP’s Persons of Color Interest Group (POCIG) which has a specific objective of recruiting and retaining students of color into Planning Doctoral programs.

The Workshop is primarily geared toward students who are currently enrolled in bachelors and master's programs of planning and related disciplines. The Workshop will be limited to approximately 25 students to ensure adequate mentorship and promote individual and targeted attention to students.

Students from groups that are under-represented on planning faculties are particularly encouraged to apply. Groups that are under-represented on planning faculties include: African-Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, and Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islanders.

Through generous support of ACSP and the University at Buffalo, registration and instructional materials will be provided at no cost, lodging and meals will also be provided at no cost, and travel stipends are available for some students. More information on this is being confirmed.

The workshop will include a mix of faculty presentations, panel-led discussion and small-group sessions which will enable more in-depth conversations with faculty and other doctoral students. Prior to arrival students will be asked to provide some information about their interests in planning that will assist in creating a program more targeted to student interest and concerns.

Complete the application below and submit no later than September 7. Applications received are immediately shared with the Application Review Sub-Committee and decisions can be made on qualifying applicants on a rolling basis. Once accepted a simple registration form will be required along with confirmation of travel arrangements.

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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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