Graduate Planning Student Association (GPSA)

The Graduate Planning Student Association officers on a Zoom call.

A Zoom welcome from the GPSA. Pictured are officers (clockwise from top left) David Kelly, Allison Smith, Nicole Hill and Cindy Wood.

The Graduate Planning Student Association is a student-led organization dedicated to representing the academic and professional interests of all graduate students in urban planning at the University at Buffalo. We strive to foster an inclusive environment within our cohort and institution to draw attention to historic inequalities perpetuated by the profession.

Our mission is to cultivate graduate student excellence in academic study, and equip students with the ability to interrogate instances of discrimination within the field. Through professional development and focus on community service, the GPSA aspires to prepare the next generation of advocacy planners. To truly be effective in our field, it is vital that we confront the harmful legacies of urban planning.

“The price one pays for pursuing any profession or calling is an intimate knowledge of its ugly side.” - James Baldwin

The GPSA is open to all PhD and Master of Urban Planning students in Urban and Regional Planning at the University at Buffalo. The GPSA works collaboratively with departmental faculty and staff in the School of Architecture and Planning to enhance the graduate student experience. We also serve as the student link to the local and national chapters of the American Planning Association. The GPSA hosts events and activities, including happy hours, software tutorials, professional networking events, and guest speakers. All organizational meetings will be held virtually until further notice. Stay in the loop by following our social media on Facebook @ubgpsa and @universityatbuffalogpsa on Instagram.

2020 - 2021 Officers

President: David Kelly
Vice President: Daniela Leon
Treasurer: Cindy Wood
Secretary: Allison Smith
GSA Senator: Nicole Hill
Departmental Liaison: Ian Stern
Event & Outreach Chair: Rakshanda Nagaraj
International Student Representative: Jackson Pavlakis
APA Student Representative: Libertad Figuereo
1st-year Student Representative: Ausra Mussett

Contact Information

To begin getting connected to both first and second year students you can check out the Graduate Planning Student Association’s Facebook page.

If you have any questions, want to learn more, or want to get involved email us at: