Three USP Students Receive NAIOP Scholarship

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The Urban Studies and Planning Program is pleased to announce that Vianney Ruvalcaba, John Harris and Ryan Balba were awarded the University Challenge Scholarship from the San Diego Chapter of the Commercial Real Estate Development Association (NAIOP). All of us in USP are incredibly proud of the accomplishments of Vianney, John, and Ryan and are excited to see where their careers lead.

We would also like to thank the San Diego Chapter of NAIOP for their continued support of our students. Scholarships such at these help many of our students continue to make changes in our program, at our university and in our communities.

If you would like to learn more about the San Diego Chapter of NAIOP, please visit their website.



Alley Pop-up Event!

Three students in the Urban Studies and Planning Senior Sequence have planned a Alley Pop-Up Event for Saturday, February 17, 2018 from 1:00-4:00pm.
The alley is located in Normal Heights south of Adams Avenue between Felton Street and 34th Street. There will be art activities, music, and opportunities for the community to provide input on ways to beautify the alley.  A portion of the alley will be closed to traffic to create a social gathering space and show demonstrations how to transform the alley.  The event is free and everyone is welcome.
We need student volunteers, Vincent Page one of the USP seniors, is coordinating student volunteers and he can be reached at
Our Mission:

USP Student Representative Program Launch

We are launching a new program to foster stronger connections between and among USP students, faculty, staff, and alumni, as well as to connect students with USP-relevant resources and opportunities on campus and off.  We are inviting applications for USP Student Representatives who will act as liaisons between students and faculty/staff, and act as resources to the USP undergrad community.  Specific responsibilities may include creating workshops and events, attending meetings/conferences, and reaching out to potential USP majors/minors on campus and off.

Commitment will be through the 2017-18 academic year (with renewal possible for the coming year).  We are just in the formative stages of planning, but expect that the weekly time commitment will range from 2-4 hours/week.

Recruitment encompasses two steps:

1) application here: due by Jan 12th (Friday of week 1), 6pm

2) Interview for selected applicants (all applicants will be contacted to inform them of whether they were selected for an interview or not)

If you have questions, you can contact Kristiana Cuevas (Lead Student Representative) or Dr. Lewis (Faculty Liaison).

Winter 2018 Literature Courses

Professor Ameeth Vijay will be teaching two literature courses on housing trends and instability in Winter 2018. USP students who are interested in either course should see the attached fliers for more detailed descriptions. Both courses look to be great supplements to the current major and minor curriculum!

LTEN144: City, Countryside, Colony

LTEN189: Displacement and Belonging

SDAPA Awards USP Student Scholarship

The UC San Diego USP Program is very excited to announce that the San Diego chapter of the American Planning Association has awarded April Alarcón a 2017-2018 SDAPA scholarship. April is a junior in the Urban Studies and Planning program and was a part of an extremely competitive scholarship pool this year.

We would like to wish April many congratulations on her achievement!