The North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association selected Savannah Newbern as the 2018 Summer Fellow.
Savannah Newbern is a mother, wife, and student living in Greenville, North Carolina. She is pursuing a degree in Urban and Regional Planning with a minor in Political Science from East Carolina University. Savannah’s passion for urban planning stems from the profession’s unique opportunity to engage with underserved communities and catalyze positive change. Savannah’s area of interest is food justice and she advocates for increased economic and geographic accessibility to fresh produce through the practice of community gardening.
In Savannah’s personal time she enjoys exploring new cities, listening to educational podcasts, and caring for her urban garden. These activities occur when she is not chasing around her joyfully active 1-year-old son, Sebastien.
Savannah is grateful and looking forward to the work the APA-NC Summer Fellowship will entail. She is certain this experience will deepen her understanding of the connections between policy and local action.
The Summer Fellowship program was created to increase diversity within the planning profession by fostering the professional development of a student whom is interested in pursuing a professional planning career. The $2,000.00 fellowship is open to a graduate or undergraduate woman or a person from an under represented ethnic group who is majoring in urban planning or planning related at an accredited university in North Carolina.
Savannah will be completing a policy research project this summer that will be posted on the
Chapter blog in early September.