Graduate Planning Student Association (GPSA)

Members of the Graduate Planning Student Association.

Members of the Graduate Planning Student Association in front of Hayes Hall on UB's South Campus

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.

2022 - 2023 Officers

President – Alessandra Santarosa
Vice President – Andrea Harder
Secretary – Alexandra Kane
Treasurer – Corinne Brath
APA Rep. – Cristian Toellner
GSA Rep. – Dalton Fries
Social Media – Silvi Patel
Dept. Rep. – Bethany Greenaway

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: