Ingrid Gould Ellen named Faculty Director of the NYU Furman Center
Ingrid Gould Ellen has been named Faculty Director of the NYU Furman Center. Professor Ellen, who is the Paulette Goddard Professor of Urban Policy and Planning at NYU Wagner, has been serving as the Furman Center's Co-Director for the past 10 years.
Professor Ellen succeeds Boxer Family Professor of Law Vicki Been, who was recently appointed Commissioner of New York City's Department of Housing Preservation and Development by Mayor Bill de Blasio.
The Furman Center is a joint research center of NYU Wagner and NYU School of Law. During Professor Ellen's tenure as Co-Director, along with Vicki Been as Director, the Furman Center nearly tripled in size and received national recognition for its work on housing, neighborhoods, and urban policy, including a 2012 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions and the National Housing Conference's 2013 Empire Award for Leadership in Affordable Housing. A New York City native, Professor Ellen has held visiting positions at the Brookings Institution and the Urban Institute. She attended Harvard University, where she received a B.A. in applied mathematics, an M.P.P., and a Ph.D. in public policy. She specializes in housing and urban policy research.
"It has been an honor to contribute to the Furman Center's research mission," said Ellen. "I look forward to continuing to work with our talented team of students and researchers on studies that can help improve the effectiveness of urban policy and programs."
For more information, see the Furman Center's April 3 announcement.
Katherine O'Regan Receives NYU 2010-11 Distinguished Teaching Award
Congratulations to Katherine M. O'Regan, associate professor of public policy extraordinaire here at NYU Wagner! She has been selected as a recipient of the 2010-2011 Distinguished Teaching Award.
The award recipients include a total of six professors from across the university.
Professor O'Regan will be donating half of her esteemed award to the Wagner Experience Fund, established for the first time this year to fund 50 internships for Wagner students this summer.
Urban Planning in Action
Elephant in the Planning Room: Forum on Diversity in Planning Schools
April 21, 2016
On Friday, April 15, the APA New York Metro Chapter Diversity Committee and Student Representative Committee hosted a forum on diversity, academia, and planning. Planning professionals joined faculty and students from Wagner, Pratt, Columbia, Hunter, and Rutgers to develop strategies to increase diversity in urban planning programs.
Wagner Alumnus Marlon Williams, Director of Cross Agency Partnerships at the Department of Mental Health and Hygiene’s Center for Health Equity delivered a keynote speech on diversity in the planning profession. Williams seeks to address racial disparities in health outcomes, working at the “intersection of public health and urban planning.” He advocates for planners to “be part of the answer towards building a more equitable urban future” and to incorporate the expertise of lived experience into the planning process.
Participants in the event engaged in a workshop to develop specific tactics for recruitment and retention of faculty and students from underrepresented groups, and to enhance issues of diversity in the urban planning program curriculum. Finally, Cara Michell and Shani Carter of Harvard’s Black in Design Conference called in via Skype to discuss their experience advancing diversity issues in their program and profession.
The Diversity Committee will be sharing strategies from the workshop soon – look for announcements in the APA NYM Chapter e-blast! To learn more about the chapter or the Student Representative Committee, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
– Alisha Beatty, MUP 2017
Raising the Bar: Visions for a Sustainable New York
January 28, 2016
On Friday, December 11th, more than 90 students from Wagner, Columbia, Hunter and Pratt, as well as NYC planning professionals, gathered in the Rudin Family Forum for a panel discussion on sustainability and urban planning. The event opened with a keynote presentation by Eric Sanderson, author of Mannahatta and creator of the interactive sustainable planning website Visionmaker.
The panel that followed was moderated by Thehbia Hiwot, Managing Director of Housing Programs for the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery, and featured Eric Duchon, Director of Sustainability Strategies at Cushman & Wakefield, Michael Porto, Director of Outreach and Planning at the Waterfront Alliance, and Juan Camilo Osorio, Director of Research at the New York City Environmental Justice Alliance. Discussion topics included the OneNYC plan, LEED and WEDG guidelines, and ensuring equal access to renewable energy investments.
This event was co-sponsored by NYU Wagner’s Urban Planning Student Association and the APA New York Metro Chapter’s Student Representative Committee and New York Section. To learn more about the APA Student Representative Committee and how to get involved, please contact email@example.com.
-Alisha Beatty, MUP 2017
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