The Distinguished Fellows Program is the premier professional engagement program of the Department of Urban Planning and Public Policy in the School of Social Ecology. Its purpose is to connect senior planning and policy leaders to graduate students in the planning field. The Distinguished Fellows represent various political viewpoints and diverse social backgrounds, as well as a wide variety of interests, including: urban planning, housing, transportation, urban design, energy, environment, and community development. Each year, four to five newly selected distinguished leaders from various sectors are inducted into the program.
Students in the Master of Urban and Regional Planning program (MURP) interact with the Distinguished Fellows throughout the duration of the program to engage in real-world learning within planning fields, and gain an opportunity to foster relationships with these professionals through a series of annual events.
Distinguished Fellows are invited to contribute their time and expertise through a variety of events, including:
- Fall Introductory Mixer
- Engagement events, including Site Visits and Class Lecture
- Spring Dinner Banquet/Panel Discussion Event
2016-17 Distinguished Fellows
The Distinguished Fellows year-end event occurred June 8, 2017, celebrating this year's fellows.