Program Vision and Mission

Our vision is to be the a leading planning program on the East Coast by graduating the next generation of innovative, forward-thinking African American and other underrepresented leaders in the planning profession; producing cutting-edge research that transforms disinvested communities and regions; and becoming an anchor partner with community groups to lift up the Northeast Baltimore region.    

Our mission is to educate diverse and underrepresented student groups in the planning profession and related fields for careers in public, private, and non-profit sectors. Building on the tradition of providing professional education for African Americans, students at a HBCU, and the University's urban mission, the faculty and students will make meaningful contributions to the urban communities. The Department is committed to improving urban communities in Baltimore region and beyond and serves as the leading partner for the University's Morgan Community Mile initiative, to improve the quality of life for neighborhoods in Northeast Baltimore. We also use the greater Baltimore and Washington regions as a laboratory for applied research and student projects.