Core Values

Urban and Environmental Planning's curriculum is built around six core values.

  1. An appreciation of the inextricable linkages between social, economic and environmental issues and the ability to make policy and planning recommendations accordingly;
  2. An appreciation of the role of values in policy formation and planning and the ethical/social responsibility of policy and planning professionals to act accordingly;
  3. An appreciation of the deeply embedded nature of gender, age, race, class, disability, culture and sexual orientation in all aspects of public policy and planning;
  4. An appreciation of the centrality of spatial, social and environmental justice to all aspects of public policy and planning;
  5. An appreciation of the need to understand the role of individual and community rights and responsibilities in public policy and planning; and
  6. An appreciation of the need to move society toward the development of sustainable communities where there is a high quality of human life, delivered in a just and equitable manner while respecting the limits of supporting ecosystems.

Commitment to Diversity

The Department of Urban and Environmental Planning is committed to diversity and recognizes the need to equip public policy and planning professionals with the understanding and skills needed to face an increasingly diverse world.

All of this makes a UEP education relevant in the 21st century:

  • Our student body is increasingly diverse in terms of race and ethnicity, nationality, age, socio-economic status, and sexual identity. We believe this diversity strengthens the education we provide and embodies our commitment to educate the next generation of public policy and planning professionals.

  • Our curriculum analyzes public problems in terms of their racial, ethnic, class, and gender dimensions. We acknowledge that so-called disadvantaged groups often bear the greatest burden of public problems including: environmental degradation, poverty, lack of adequate child-care, and inadequate access to social and environmental resources.

  • Our faculty is diverse, which promotes a range of perspectives in our teaching, advising and research.

  • We encourage all students to make course selections and pursue independent projects that address inequity and injustice.