The Ryerson Planning Graduate Student Association (RPGSA) is an organization that represents Urban Development (MPl) students at Ryerson University. We deal with student concerns and provide a link between students and the administration, faculty, and the Ontario Professional Planners Institute. The RPGSA is run by an elected executive team, along with volunteers from the student body.
The RGSA organizes an informal Buddy Program to help incoming graduate students transition into the School of Urban and Regional Planning. First year students will be paired with a second year student who can answer any questions or concerns they may have throughout their academic year. The goal of this program is to create strong ties between first and second year students and foster a supportive student community.
Questions about the program can be directed to any of the executive council members.
RU a Planner? is a joint initiative between Ryerson’s Urban Development (MPl) students and the City of Toronto. The goal of RU a Planner? is to empower students to realize their capacity to change the cities in which they live. We accomplish this through an interactive presentation and various activities and discussions that kick-start this thinking.
In the Fall of 2015, the RU a Planner? program expanded and worked more closely with the City of Toronto’s City planning department, which resulted in workshops in 14 classrooms within eight schools located in seven city wards. Facilitators included 23 Ryerson Urban Development graduate volunteers, four Ryerson Urban and Regional Planning volunteers, one University of Toronto graduate student, 14 City of Toronto planners, and five Urban Strategies planners. Overall, RU a Planner? engaged 367 students. The group ran a similar session in the Tomorrow Starts Today Conference.
RU a Planner? workshop sessions occur during the week of World Town Planning Day. This is a great opportunity to develop leadership skills, make new friends, and inspire the next wave of engaged urban citizens!
For more information, please contact:
Alexander Furneaux: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lindsay Toth: email@example.com
Tessa Chapman: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ray Huang: email@example.com