Improving Global Planning Education by Centering the Experience of International Students in U.S. and Canadian Planning Schools

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2022-5-17
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Fan, Yingling
Hoey, Lesli
Das, Ashok
Irazabal, Clara
Stiftel, Bruce
Shatkin, Gavin
Owusu, Francis
Doan, Petra
Fang, Yiping
Rumbach, Andrew
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SAGE Publications
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Community and Regional Planning
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This report examines ways to better support international students in U.S. and Canadian planning schools based on a survey and focus groups conducted by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning Global Planning Education Committee (GPEC). Findings show that international students often face alienation and structural barriers to navigating universities and living in an unfamiliar culture, along with identity ambiguity, inadequate career services, and narrowly focused urban planning curricula. This suggests the need for greater mentorship; explicit recognition in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts; tailored professional development; and more holistic support systems.
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This accepted article is published as Fan Y, Hoey L, Das A, Owusu, F., et al. Improving Global Planning Education by Centering the Experience of International Students in U.S. and Canadian Planning Schools. Journal of Planning Education and Research. May 2022. doi:10.1177/0739456X221093645. Posted with permission.
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