Student Planning Organization

We are the Student Planning Organization (SPO) of Urban and Regional Planning. Welcome to the department! We provide opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to exchange ideas. We also host workshops, discussions, and organize social events.

The Student Planning Organization

The Student Planning Organization functions under the Illinois chapter of the American Planning Association. Our goal is to facilitate educational opportunities, professional development, as well as social and community events for Urban Planning. If you would like to enroll at Illinois, check us out! Visit our website for more information:

  • Social Events
  • Conferences
  • American Planning Association (APA)
  • General Meeting Information
  • Travel Support
  • Bikeshare

SPO’s bicycle program encourages alternative modes of transportation on and around campus. Riding a bicycle is the perfect way to get around—it’s fast, easy, and fun! Best of all, SPO bikes are FREE to borrow.

SPO Membership – Join us today!

SPO legislative action day
Students at SPO legislative action day

If you enroll in one of the department’s degree programs, you automatically join SPO. We invite you to attend our meetings or contact one of our officers.

We want to get to know you!

2021 SPO Officers

List of Student Planning Organization Officers for 2021.

President Andrea Pimental Rivera, andreap6@illinois.edu
Vice-President Leonardo Torres, ltorre37@illinois.edu
Secretary Sarah Jasmine Riadi, sjriadi2@illinois.edu
Treasurer Rosario Barrera, rbarre23@illinois.edu
APA Representative Elli Dastrup, efd2@illinois.edu
Web-chair Gaby Harpel, gharpel@illinois.edu
Social Justice Education and Community Development Representative Gabriel Vara, gvara2@illinois.edu
Graduate Representative Theresa Dunne, tdunne3@illinois.edu
Junior/Senior Representative Jonathan Cu, jcu3@illinois.edu
Freshman/Sophomore Representative Thomas Valencia, tvalen7@illinois.edu
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