Student Spotlight: Gloria Campbell (MUP)

Headshot of Gloria Campbell

Hometown: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Wagner program/specialization: Master of Urban Planning, Environment, Infrastructure, and Transportation Track


1. What are you currently working on? Can you describe the project you would like to highlight?

This fall, the Rudin Center for Transportation began the “Pink Tax on Transportation” research initiative. In its first phase, we distributed a survey to better understand the challenges New York women face on the city’s transportation system. We found that women experience more harassment on New York City transportation than men, much of which goes unreported. Due to the perceived lack of safety, women tend to opt for more expensive transportation modes like a taxi or Lyft, especially at night.

Moving forward, we'll study the transportation challenges of women unable to afford the option of more expensive travel modes and women who live in the outer boroughs.   


2.  What NYU Wagner experiences have helped you most with your work?

During my time at NYU Wagner, I did a variety of things: I’ve listened to Edward Glaeser speak after class, caught dinner with peers after class, and interned for the city during the summer. These experiences, combined with the planner’s “toolbox” I developed through classes, challenged my beliefs and shaped my interests. By taking advantage of NYU Wagner's ample opportunities, I've rounded out my education and further explored complicated issues. I plan to extend this involved approach beyond grad school into any professional role.

Cecile Richards, former president of Planned Parenthood, and Gloria Campbell, NYU Wagner student

3. Can you recall a memorable NYU Wagner experience that struck you as particularly meaningful?

This fall at NYU Wagner, Cecile Richards, former president of Planned Parenthood, spoke about her involvement in grassroots organizing and politics. After reading her book, it was surreal to listen to her experiences along with my NYU Wagner peers. Her humble nature and tireless grit make her a truly admirable leader; she’s the real deal.


4. What is something about your identity that has impacted the way you approach urban planning?

As a new New Yorker and wayfaring woman, I believe safety is the baseline for any vibrant public space. People must feel comfortable before navigating an unfamiliar neighborhood or settling into a book on a park bench. Of course, this often requires a cultural change in addition to design considerations, but prioritizing user safety in the planning process is critical to developing prosperous public spaces.


5. What’s next for you?

After graduation, I hope to continue to work on transportation-related issues as a New York City planner.