Hometown: Bend, Oregon

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Why I'm majoring in Urban Studies: I come from a small town in Central Oregon, so driving 3 hours north to the "big" city of Portland was like stepping into another world. I am majoring in Urban Studies to better understand how and why cities develop and what roles we can take on as policy makers to guide this growth in an equitable way.

Other academic interests: Political Science and Education

Hometown: Phoenix, AZ


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Why I'm minoring in Urban Studies: I'm really passionate about sustainability in cities as well as the roles that urban planners and city governments play in protecting against environmental injustices and ensuring fair sustainability policies for all communities!

Career goals/future plans: Currently, I'm very undecided about my career goals, but am considering pursuing environmental law, urban planning, academia, and the working in the ...


Hometown: Whittier, CA

Pronouns: She/Her

Why I'm minjoring in Urban Studies: I was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles but moved to Whittier towards the end of middle school. Going from an inner city area to a suburb was a culture shock, but something that grabbed my attention the most was the difference in city planning and education, which is why I decided to minor in Urban Studies—so I can study the effects of city planning and their effects on everyday life and education.

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Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Pronouns: She/Her

Why I'm majoring in Urban Studies: I am majoring in urban studies because I have a passion for people, the environment, and architecture. Urban studies is the perfect field where my interests all coalesce. I want to be able to use city planning to come up with community-led and community-oriented strategies to address not only our world’s environmental needs but to tackle social and economic sustainability as well. I believe my major in urban studies ...

Hometown: Athens, GR

Pronouns: He/Him

Why I'm majoring in Urban Studies: I love learning about cities and the ways in which people interact with the built environment, and I am also interested in learning about how cities can be designed and run sustainably. Moreover I love architecture, design and public policy, which are all fields that fall under the umbrella of Urban Studies.

Something else you should know about me: I love writing and recording music and creating art. I have ...

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Pronouns: she/her

Why I'm majoring in Urban Studies: I am passionate about social and environmental sustainability, and I believe that within urban spaces, we have a huge opportunity to make impactful, positive change in the world.

Extracurriculars/other involvements: I am also double majoring MS&E in the Organizations, Technology, and Policy concentration.

Why I'm minoring in Urban Studies: I love learning about the history and research behind what drives and builds cities. Specifically, coming from a primarily-POC town, surrounded by white cities, I wanted to know the reasons behind this outcome. While this was only my initial curiosity, I learned that I love the size of the classes, as well as the material.

Extracurriculars/other involvements: Pilipinx-American Student Union, Engineering, Product Design

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Hometown: San Diego, CA


Why I'm majoring (or minoring) in Urban Studies: I love the major's interdisciplinary approach to studying urban life, including the multiple methodologies it's exposed me to (anthropological, ecological, architectural, historical, sociological, and pedagogical). Urban Studies has facilitated a revolution in how I think about cities and their denizens.

Career goal / Future plans: I'm an aspiring elementary/middle school educator, so my next step is to go to ...

HometownNewport Beach, CA


Pronouns: She/Her

Why I'm majoring in Urban Studies: I'm majoring in Urban Studies because it groups my academic interests of history, political science, and global health into one major.

Other academic interests: Human Biology minor




Why I'm majoring in Urban Studies: Coming from a major city, I have always been fascinated with the workings of one through education, urban planning and mapping, and the policies in place that shaped them into what we see today.

Extracurriculars/other involvements: I am a Program Associate at the Black Community Services Center

Something else you should know about me/ fun fact: After undergrad, I plan to study education or urban planning through a graduate program!