The University of Massachusetts at Boston and their partnership with Roxbury High School is trailblazing and setting a new standard for bringing up the next generation of planners. UMass Boston’s Summer Immersion program was created to address chronic underrepresentation of Black and Brown people and encourage youth to consider careers in urban planning.
The 2022 Student project, Lower Roxbury’s Extreme Heat Challenge and Solutions, has won an APA Student Award and recognition by the City of Boston. In this session participants will learn how to establish a higher education and public school youth program, the impact of such a program on the youth and community, and the impact on the urban planning profession.
Learn about the story of the program, project findings, and hear from one of the graduate and high school student who were part of the program.