Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

School of Planning, Design and Construction:
Statement on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The mission of the School is to “advance the knowledge, prepare innovative leaders, and support the practice of planning, design, and construction.” One of our core values is to embrace and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the delivery of this mission. We are committed to creating inclusive learning environment that prepares future leaders who are representative of, and work effectively with, diverse populations and strive to achieve equitable and inclusive outcomes. We strive to conduct research that takes into account historical inequities and exclusionary practices in our society, as well as underrepresentation of some populations in the community development process. We are dedicated to engaging alumni, stakeholders, and communities in outreach activities that recognize and celebrate difference and use democratic processes to achieve sustainable and healthy built, natural and virtual environments for all.

Download the SPDC DEI Strategic Plan

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Cultural Celebrations and Traditions

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SPDC Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee

  • George Berghorn, Assistant Professor, Construction Management
  • Tess Chargo, Undergraduate Student, Urban & Regional Planning
  • Noah Durst, Assistant Professor, Urban & Regional Planning
  • Mary Beth Graebert, Director of HR & Finance
  • Trish Machemer, Associate Professor, Landscape Architecture
  • LaQuan Mack, Undergraduate Student, Construction Management
  • Holly Madill (co-chair), Outreach Specialist, National Charrette Institute
  • Deyanira Nevárez Martínez (co-chair), Assistant Professor, Urban & Regional Planning
  • Laura Winter, Teaching Specialist, Interior Design
  • Jing Zhou, Graduate Student, Landscape Architecture

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