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Message from the Dean

At Portland State, our longtime commitment has been to "Let Knowledge Serve the City." The College of Urban and Public Affairs (CUPA) is a focal point for many forms of community engagement at PSU—we care, and we want to make a difference. CUPA—with its 18 Centers & Institutes—provides knowledge and assistance to local and regional governments, neighborhood associations, school districts, government commissions, and local initiatives. 

The College is home to academic programs and academic disciplines that focus on public policy, government and politics, and community health.  This includes three Schools:

  • Toulan School of Urban Planning and Urban Studies
  • Hatfield School of Government (Criminology & Criminal Justice, Political Science and Public Administration)
  • School of Community Health

In my time with CUPA, I’ve had the chance to see for myself the exceptional quality of our faculty, who are dedicated to quality teaching, student learning and academic research. 

CUPA is committed to diversity, inclusion and equity. We want to make communities better and train our students to be leaders in civic change.  Furthermore, we want our students to understand equity in urban life and how they can contribute to a more just future.

Looking ahead, CUPA will continue to leverage its strengths. While expanding our programs and increasing connectivity within our campus and community, we will continue to prepare employees and leaders in a wide range of public and nonprofit sector jobs.

Through this website, you will learn about our College and the many academic programs—both undergraduate and graduate— which provide students with knowledge that will inform careers in government, law enforcement, public health, nonprofit management, urban planning, public sector management and many more fields.  

We have a lot to offer you. I invite you to learn about CUPA’s research capabilities, aspirations and achievements in urban affairs and policy and to consider furthering your education and/or partnering with us to advance our community, region and state. 

Stephen Percy