The Student Planning Association (SPA) is a volunteer organization comprising graduate students in Georgia Tech's School of City and Regional Planning. Throughout the year, SPA conducts a variety of social, academic, and community outreach events to enhance students' personal, educational, and professional development. We are formally affiliated with the Georgia Planning Association and the American Planning Association.
SPA has gained recognition within the Atlanta community through its Social Justice Committee (SJC). The SJC identifies real-world projects in the community related to city planning that allow students to apply their education and experience within underserved neighborhoods in Atlanta. Projects completed by the SJC to date include a community garden, gateway area plan, benefit concert for Haiti, community organizing film festival and symposium, and an environmental design crime study. Students who participate in these projects gain valuable leadership skills, get exposed to advocacy planning, and connect with professionals in the industry.
Members of SPA also benefit from attending numerous social and educational events in diverse settings. These range from regularly scheduled guest speakers from the field to coordinating the annual World Town Planning Day, a major international event. Lastly, the Social Chair of SPA plans casual and fun social events allowing students to interact in an informal environment. In the past, these events included football game tailgates, Braves games, bowling parties, and white water rafting, to name a few.