Susan Martinez

Susan Martinez Master's Candidate

Hometown: Bronx, New York

Where did you go for undergrad and what did you major in?

I went to Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. I majored in Urban Studies with a minor in Japanese language. Because Urban Studies is a multidisciplinary field, my coursework focused heavily on history and sociology.

Why did you choose to attend DURP at UIUC?

I really appreciated the small program and the strong sense of community I found here at DURP when I visited. I felt encouraged by the various professors I spoke to, who encouraged me to ask questions and push my research further. I also found the centering of social justice within the curricula attractive. At DURP, I knew I would be able to bring in my work experiences in anti-violence prevention and fair housing law, and connect them back to urban planning.

What are your career ambitions?

I am interested in working in community development and housing policy and law, particularly on housing subsidy programs and housing discrimination. My longterm goal is to pursue a doctorate degree and further explore the intersection of urban planning and displacement, particularly concerning the roles diaspora and migration play in metropolitan areas.

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