Our work does not stop when we leave the classroom as we are all energized to continue unfinished class discussions over dinner or on hikes.
Why did you choose Cornell and AAP?
I chose Cornell because of the program's reputation for social equity and close community. I hoped to develop close relationships with faculty and students that would allow me to grow both in and outside of the classroom. This has certainly come to fruition. My friends are also my colleagues. We are planners because we think it is the best way that we can create more equitable communities, so our passion is both personal and professional. Our work does not stop when we leave the classroom as we are all energized to continue unfinished class discussions over dinner or on hikes. Access to faculty was also a big draw for me. By the time I arrived on campus, I was already collaborating with a professor on a research project.
What are your extracurricular interests and how have you incorporated them into your college life?
I am the department liaison for the Organization of Cornell Planners (OCP). In this role, I communicate the activities and needs of students to the faculty. I also report back to students on faculty and curricular actions and communicate with the undergraduate student groups to collaborate on initiatives and events.
With the Women's Planning Forum and Planning Students for Equity and Inclusion, I have been organizing many events at the intersection of racial justice, gender, and city planning. We are partnering with Paul Quinn College — a historically black college — in Dallas, to organize a conference on local issues of displacement, racism, and planning. I am also working on college-wide diversity efforts to shift demographics in the recruitment of M.R.P. students.
In my independent research, I am looking at gender disparities in planning workplaces across the country. I was selected for the Cornell Global Women's Leadership Program to conduct research on gender-inclusive planning practices abroad. This program gave me the training and funds to delve more deeply into a case study of a city that has a become the poster child for gender-inclusive planning.
What do you hope to accomplish during your time at AAP and after graduation?
I am applying to Ph.D. programs in city planning to research gender-inclusive planning.