From academic research, to applied internships, to entrepreneurial pursuits, DUSP students find many ways to get involved outside the classroom and make a substantial impact in the field. DUSPConnect helps students to discover and participate in this work, while elevating the visibility of such meaningful engagement and accomplishments.
Read more about various impactful students as well as award & fellowship winners on the Student Experience page.
DUSP alum go on to do many amazing things and DUSPConnect aims to foster community connection, awareness, and pride through recognizing alumni achievements and impact. To discover news articles about MIT DUSP alumni and learn about how they're still contributing to the DUSP community, head over to the Alumni Achievements page.
So much of what happens at DUSP is only possible because of our active and engaged alumni who volunteer their time, lend their expertise, and contribute in whatever ways they can.
No matter your professional discipline, geographic location, or financial status, there are many ways you can support the activities and initiatives that make the DUSP so special.
Giving Back Through Volunteering Time
Did someone from the alumni community help you when you were at DUSP? Keep the cycle going by passing on that spirit of community support and connectedness to the younger generation of DUSPers.
Alumni can contribute to the wider DUSP community by making themselves available to current students, participating in events, engaging with online networks, and sharing professional opportunities.
Giving Back Through Donations
Financial donations in support of DUSP-specific or MIT-wide funds can go through the MIT Giving Page.
- DUSP Graduate Student Fellowship and Activities Fund: Supports graduate fellowships and student council led activities in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP).
- Urban Studies and Planning Fund for Excellence in Public Service: Annual awards are given to recent alumni/ae from the Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) who amassed a significant debt burden to earn their graduate degrees and now are making exemplary contributions to public service.
- William Emerson Graduate Fellowship Fund: Gifts for an endowed fund used to support graduate students, including research-related travel, awarded on a competitive basis in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP).
- Lloyd and Nadine Rodwin Fund:Gifts for an endowed fund for international research-related travel for students, particularly those from developing countries, from the Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP).
- Community Fellows Program: Gifts of alumni/ae and friends to support the MIT Community Innovators Lab (CoLab) Community Fellows Program. The fund supports the Lab's Community Fellows Program in which community activists, scholars, and practitioners are engaged in fellowship opportunities on campus. The fellows participate in projects and other scholarly work that promote democratic engagement, shared wealth generation, and urban sustainability.
- SA+P DesignX Fund: Gifts to support the School of Architecture & Planning DesignX Initiative. DesignX is an entrepreneurial accelerator for student ventures, with a vision to transform the built environment, media, and design. DesignX helps students to launch ideas into real-world products or systems, offering tools, capital, skills, and network while they are at MIT.
- Priscilla King Gray Public Service Fund: Gifts of alumni/ae and friends to an endowed fund to support the current work and sustainability of the Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center.
Please visit the MIT Giving Page, for a complete list of gift designations and programs to support our work and our students.