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Department Vision and Mission Statements

Vision Statement

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning at Florida State University strives to: train professionals who are change agents in their communities; create research that transforms practice and scholarship; and promote sustainability, social justice, and the well-being of all persons.

The vision statement reflects the Department’s strong belief in the potential of planning to improve the lives of all persons. The statement positions the unit as striving to be a key contributor to this effort through the training of our students to be engaged professionals in their communities and the potential of our research to transform practice and scholarship. The statement holds up the promotion of sustainability, social justice, and the well-being of all persons as core values of the unit that are central to everything that it does.

Mission Statement

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning at Florida State University enrolls a diverse set of students and educates them to think critically, exhibit technical competence, and effectively engage the political process. The Department conducts research and provides service that contributes to a better understanding and shaping of resilient communities and ecosystems in order to promote human capabilities, equity, sustainable livelihoods, and healthy and safe places locally and globally. The Department recognizes a particular responsibility to document, examine, and enhance planning in the State of Florida.

The mission statement encompasses an educational mission to enroll a diverse set of students and educate them to be well-trained planners, a research mission to produce research that informs practice and scholarship, and a service mission to contribute to the academy, profession, and community. The mission statement also articulates a special responsibility, due to our status as a state-supported university in Florida, to use our educational, research, and service activities to contribute to planning in Florida.

Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning at Florida State University has developed a strategic plan for diversity and inclusion based on the premise that our graduates face an increasingly diverse world, community and workplace in the future. To be better prepared to engage as planners, policy makers, analysts and activists in that world, we have a responsibility to integrate diversity and inclusion into our department’s core activities of teaching, research and service. Click here to read our plan.

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