The Urban Innovation Symposium (UIS) brings together planners, policymakers, academics, and students to explore topics in urban planning and policy in Chicago. This year's event will be spread over 2 days, virtual, free, and open to the public. 
The 12th Annual Urban Innovation Symposium is presented by the student organizations in the UIC College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs: Latinx Planning Organization for Development Education and Regeneration (LPODER), Women in Planning and Public Affairs (WPPA), Society for Black Urban Planners (SBUP), and Urban Planning and Policy Student Association (UPPSA).

Click below for links to each recorded panel!

Schedule of Panels

All panels have been recorded. Click the link of each panel to view them!

Thursday, February 24

12pm - "Improving the Built Environment, Improving the Health of People"

Presented by the Urban Planning & Policy Student Association (UPPSA)

Julia Gerasimenko, Active Transportation Alliance
Stephanie Phillips, AICP, City of San Antonio
Lindsey Realmuto, MPH, Graduate Research Assistant, PhD Student, UPP, University of Illinois - Chicago
Kyle Shelton, University of Minnesota Center for Transportation

1:30pm - "Engaging Our Comunidades"

Presented by the Latinx Planning Organization for Development, Education & Regeneration (LPODER)

Cindy Brito, PhD, Community Development, University of Illinois - Chicago 
Edgar Gonzalez Jr., Illinois State Representative, 21st District
Yaritza Guillen, NeighborSpace

Gina Ramirez, Board President- Southeast Environmental Task Force


Friday, February 25

12pm - "Built by Women: Reclaiming Spaces"

Presented by Women in Planning & Public Affairs (WPPA)

Paola Aguirre, Borderless Studio
Tonika Johnson, Englewood Arts Collective & RAGE; Creator of The Folded Map Project
Audrey Wennink, Metropolitan Planning Council

1:30pm - "Building a Solidarity Economy"

Presented by the Society for Black Urban Planners (SBUP)

Asiaha Butler, Resident Association of Greater Englewood (RAGE)
Renee Hatcher, Community Enterprise and Solidarity Economy Law Clinic
Gené Moreno, Turner Group Consulting (TGC) & Chicago Rehab
Nneka Onwuzurike, 929 Consulting Group


Download the program here.