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  Ma'ayan Dembo

Name: Ma'ayan Dembo


Email:
mdembo@stanford.edu

Hometown:
Palo Alto, CA

Year expecting to graduate:
2014

Concentration in Urban Studies:
Urban Society and Social Change

Why I'm majoring in Urban Studies: Urban Studies focuses on understanding why and how humanity organizes itself in its spatial forms. Its interesting, relevant, theoretical but still applied.

What I like best about Urban Studies: Urban Studies is flexible with your interests and allows you to explore whichever niches (many!) within the field you would like. Its also a small major that lets you get to know your peers and professors, which is very rewarding.

Favorite class / professor (and why): Urban Design Studio with Dehan Glanz. Hands on studio project with lots of freedom to input your own creativity, but still getting guidance and instruction from someone who has more experience than you. Perfect!

Honors Thesis or other research project: Incorporating Urban Artists Preferences Into City Policies Regarding Street Art and Graffiti

Extracurriculars: KZSU 90.1 FM

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  Irene Jor

Name: Irene Jor

Email:

irenejor@stanford.edu  

Hometown: Boston, MA

Year expecting to graduate: 2013

Concentration in Urban Studies: Urban Society and Social Change

Honors Thesis or other research project: I hope to explore the academic discourse of one of the following- women workers in the informal economy, labour migration and exploitation, or urban education.

Why I'm majoring in Urban Studies: I love cities and care deeply about making them better places to live and work for lower income communities and underrepresented populations.

What I like best about Urban Studies: Conversations with Edgardo about art activism, late night econ psets and studying with Kazi, and imagining and sketching out city blocks with Erica

Favorite class / professor (and why): Cities in Comparative Perspective, Professor Ebron and Angel are beyond knowledgeable and the course reading was well chosen (especially Righteous Dopefiend)

Favorite book (and why): Drown by Junot Diaz- the vignettes are incredibly honest and thought provoking about how we engage in relationships

Extracurriculars: tribal fusion belly dance, muay thai

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  Stefan Norgaard

 

Name: Stefan Norgaard

Email:
stefan.norgaard@stanford.edu      

Hometown: Boulder, CO

Year expecting to graduate: 2015

Concentration in Urban Studies: Urban Society and Social Change

Why I'm majoring in Urban Studies: I have always found joy in engaging with people and places. Wherever I went, I was fascinated in what I saw and experienced around me, whether that was beautiful architectural form, diversity of people and culture, or new, innovative solutions to vexing problems. Stanford's Program on Urban Studies allows me to experience all of these avenues. I get to learn about complex urban spaces and built form, from the local to the global. Most importantly, in Urban Studies we take this knowledge of urban life and use it to advocate for critical social changes in urban societies around the world.

What I like best about Urban Studies: The people. There has never been a Stanford department with students as aware, engaged, and empathetic about the world. Urban Studies students are in the program because they see complex phenomena - like urban poverty - and seek to dissect why they exist and what they can do. The field of Urban Studies invites action, and the people in the program are activists.

Favorite class / professor (and why): URBANST 113 - Introduction to Urban Design - was an amazing class taught by Danno Glanz. Danno helped us learn about built form through brilliant lectures and fun field trips to San Francisco. He went above and beyond in making sure we got the most out of his class, and every session was an adventure. Like many Urban Studies courses at Stanford, the course felt too fun to be a class.

Favorite book (and why): Ever since I was in middle school, I have loved Jane Jacobs "The Death and Life of Great American Cities." Jacobs' book fueled my love for organic, community-developed urban form, and her insights into civic life and community-organizing resonate with me constantly to this day.

Career goal / Future plans: Though I am not sure what my future holds, I am to be involved in social change-making for a cause that motivates me dearly. I am searching for a career where I engage with society and constantly feel like I am doing what I believe in. I want to engage with the world, and so traveling may be a part of my future plans. I also want to work with people, engaging directly with individuals.

Honors Thesis or other research project: This last Spring, I completed an Urban Studies Capstone Internship with the program. I worked for National Public Radio (NPR-KQED) in San Francisco, on the show "Forum." The show gave me great insights into Bay Area public policies. The show serves a critical role for the Bay Area by giving residents the opportunity to discuss issues of local and global importance.

Other academic interests (majors, minors): Major in Public Policy

Extracurriculars: Stanford in Government (SIG), Stanford Outdoor Outreach Program (SOOP)

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  Hannah Rusk

Name: Hanna Rusk

 

Email:
hrusk@stanford.edu

Hometown:
Seattle, WA

Year expecting to graduate:
2014

Concentration in Urban Studies:
Urban Education

Why I'm majoring in Urban Studies: I chose Urban Studies because I wanted to pursue my interest in education and public schools. Through Urban Education, I've been able to build on my background and learn about both the theoretical and practical aspects of education in this country.

Favorite class / professor (and why): The best class I've taken at Stanford was History of Race and Sexuality in America during my sophomore year. I learned so much about America's past that isn't often covered during traditional history lessons, as well as about the importance of intersectionality in the fights for gender and racial equality.

Career goal / Future plans: Eventually, a middle school health teacher (hopefully I can handle it...)

Other academic interests (majors, minors): Double-major in African and African American Studies

Extracurriculars: 7th Grade Director of Women and Youth Supporting Each Other

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  Caroline Scanlon

Name: Caroline Scanlon

 

Email:
cscanlon@stanford.edu

Hometown:
Columbia, MD

Year expecting to graduate:
2015

Concentration in Urban Studies:
Urban Education

Why I'm majoring in Urban Studies: I'm majoring in Urban Studies because I am especially interested in the design of cities and how it affects the lifestyles of the people that reside in them.

What I like best about Urban Studies: I like the wide range of classes I can take in Urban Studies. The range allows for a well-rounded understanding in all aspects of Urban Studies as a whole.

Favorite class / professor (and why): My favorite class is Urban Design because it introduced me to the idea that the way cities are designed can affect the actions of the people in the community.

Career goal / Future plans: I hope to go into city planning, real estate, marketing, or news broadcasting.

Other academic interests (majors, minors): Minor in Communication

Extracurriculars: Division 1 Lacrosse, Kappa Kappa Gamma

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  Caitlin Wraith

 

Name: Caitlin Wraith

Email:
cewraith@stanford.edu          

Hometown: Harding Township, NJ

Year expecting to graduate: 2014

Concentration in Urban Studies: Urban Education

Why I'm majoring in Urban Studies: I see city living as an opportunity to live in an environmentally responsible, socially vibrant, and economically prosperous way. Cities have been the location of great strife and great triumph in US history, and I want to know how to enable 50% or more of the world's population to live well.

Favorite class / professor (and why): Urban Underclass (Urbanst 112). I believe it gives a window into the persistent inequalities in the United States today and provides a new framework around which to consider city living in the 20th century.

Other academic interests (majors, minors): I am currently applying to teacher education M.A. programs with the hope to teach in the public school system.

Extracurriculars: I am a second year Peer Health Educator, living with freshmen and upperclassmen educating about healthy practices and daily wellness.

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