There are many ways to stay in touch with URBS:

  • Join the University of Pennsylvania Urban Studies Alumni group on LinkedIn.  This group is limited only to urban studies current students and alums for career networking purposes.  Just search for the page on LinkedIn and request to join.


  • Sabrina Aponte (URBS '19) receives Emerging Young Leaders Award

    Sabrina is the recipient of an Emerging Young Leaders Award, after having been nominated by Mayor Kenney's Office of Violence Prevention. Sabrina is currently working at the Philadelphia School District doing research management, as well as interning with Cure Violence Global. She will be attending the Drexel School of Education part-time, to work on a research project related to promoting community violence prevention within urban education systems.

  • Nabilla Ariffin (URBS '13) wins a spot at the 2018 New Faces Convening

    SquashSmarts Community Impact Director, and Urbie, Nabilla Ariffin is 1 of 10 young leaders from ‘global north’ chosen to join 10 young leaders from ‘global south’ for the inaugural 2018 New Faces Convening.

    The International Youth Foundation (IYF) and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) joint project is uniting social and civic entrepreneurs from around the world to create demand, action and progress towards the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Alexa Salas (URBS '17) and colleagues publish article about their President's Engagement Prize project

    Alexa interned and volunteered at Puentes De Saludas in South Philadelphia during her junior and senior years.  Her senior seminar paper took up the question of how the family engagement of Latina immigrants and after-school programing could make a difference in the educational attainment of Latina and Latino immigrant sdudents. She went on to refine her paper for honors.  This article draws on her research and, of course, the experience she and her colleagues have in implementing the program Lanzando Lideres or launching leaders. 

  • Joanna Visser Adjoian (URBS '04) pens op ed on youth re-entry

    On February 28, 2018, The Inquirer ran an op-ed by YSRP Co-Directors Lauren Fine and Urbie Joanna Visser Adjoian.

  • Sharna Goldseker (URBS '96) Publishes Book on Philanthropy

    Sharna Goldseker (URBS '96) recently published a book with co-author Michael Moody entitled, Generation Impact: How Next Gen Donors Are Revolutionizing Giving. Based on original research and extensive in-person interviews with next gen donors including Justin Rockefeller, Hannah Quimby, Alex Soros, Katherine Lorenz, John R.

  • Kristin Kelly (Urbs '16) studies in China

    Kristen Kelly (Urbs '16) is currently in the Yenching Academy of Peking University, earning a Master's in China Studies. Kristin really likes it, and encourages you to take a look at the program:

    If you would like to ask Kristen about her experience, let us know and we'd be happy to share her email with you:

  • Melanie Young's (URBS '15) student selected to compete in national math championship

    Melanie Young (URBS '15) is a teacher at Southwark Middle School in Philadelphia, and introduced the students to the NBA-sponsored board game, Math Hoops, as part of her after school math club. Math Hoops combines basketball and math, encouraging 3rd through 8th graders to learn basic math while scoring “baskets” on a model basketball court.

    Melanie’s student, Aye Aye, who moved to South Philadelphia from Thailand, is one of 16 students selected from over 20,000 applicants to complete in California at the National Championship for Math Hoops.

  • Anthony Zarate (URBS '12) named Illinois Teacher of the Year Finalist

    Anthony has been named as a finalist for the Illinois State Board of Education’s annual Teacher of the Year Award. Zarate, who has been with UNO Charter School Network for three years, teaches English Language Arts to 7th and 8th graders at UCSN Brighton Park Elementary School in Chicago.

  • Paul Farber (URBS '05) on Public Art and Urban Renewal

    Paul wrote a piece for PlanPhilly in coordination with PennPraxis' upcoming Praxis Dialogues, on what makes art truly public in Philly's current era of urban renewal:

  • Sophie Harris (URBS '12) Greens Up New Orleans

    We've been talking about urban green spaces a lot since our recent tour of the proposed Philly Rail Park. Here's a great article about the LaFitte Greenway in New Orleans, featuring Sophie Harris: Urbs 2012 alumn and executive director of Friends of Lafitte Greenway.