The University of Utah
College of Architecture + Planning
Rachel Stein

Name: Rachel Stein
Undergraduate Major: Environment & Society/ Geography
Hometown: Gainesville, Florida

How did you discover urban planning?
Growing up, my family always made spending time outside a priority. We lived within walking distance to city parks and took vacations revolving around exploring the natural world. Realizing my passion for outdoor recreation was a privilege initiated my search for how to increase accessibility to the outdoors for everyone.

If you have work experience or have completed an internship, tell us about that experience.
I worked as a research assistant at Florida State University doing GIS work for a project on hurricane evacuation routes. I also worked for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection on the GIS team for the Division of Water Resources. Both opportunities allowed me practice in my weaker fields of study allowing me to become more proficient with technology and communication in a professional workplace. Being surrounded by like-minded and driven individuals was extremely motivating for me to pursue a higher degree.

What are your career goals?
My overall goal in becoming an urban planner is to create an equitable and accessible environment for all regardless of income, race, or background. I hope to work on projects that actively fight against discrimination in urban development especially regarding green gentrification. Working at a local level for direct and impactful change is somewhere I would love to be in the future.

Tell us one thing most people don’t know about you. 
While pursuing my undergraduate degree, I also had a job as a ropes course guide at the Tallahassee Museum!

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