Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada
Where did you go for undergrad and what did you major in?
I went to Berea College in Kentucky and majored in Spanish and Sociology. #KentuckyProud
Why did you choose to attend DURP at UIUC?
I chose to attend UIUC because I felt that the DURP program was thinking outside of the box. Too often we focus urban planning narrowly on facilitating growth and managing the outcomes. I appreciated that the faculty at UIUC are comprehensive and have a strong commitment to considering social and environmental implications of whole cities and towns. As students, we are being challenged to consider our place and influence as planners in addition to learning the skills.
What are your career ambitions?
I want to plan for sustainability and integration. I believe that the world we live in now will only continue to bring people together and we need to plan for integrated places that are empowering in addition to being interesting and efficient. We need to expand the understanding of sustainability. In 2 years I'm not sure exactly where I'll be able to do this, but I'll be looking for opportunities that align with this goal, whether they be in the private or public sector.