College of Urban and Public Affairs
At the College of Urban and Public Affairs, we create informed citizens who go on to create a better world. Each of our programs encourages students to raise their voices, call out injustice, and work toward making the world a better place.
Civic leaders and School namesakes, Mark O. Hatfield and Nohad A. Toulan dedicated their careers and their lives to public service.
CUPA graduate students travel to Japan to learn lessons from the aftermath of the country’s earthquake and how Oregon can prepare.
- Community Partners
Our National Policy Consensus Center is in charge of addressing gaps along the Oregon Coast Trail, traversing public and private lands.
- Change Agents
MPA alumna Mandy Elder founded a nonprofit organization to improve gender equality in rural areas of the US and Mexico.
Urban Planning faculty member Lisa Bates was awarded a $100k Creative Capital Grant for her project The Black Life Experiential Group.
We are located in a city that likes to tackle problems head-on and share what we find with the rest of the world.
Portland routinely has visitors from all over the world who want to learn from our creative solutions to complex problems.
Our city encourages innovative policy reform, people-focused planning, and civic-mindedness, and CUPA has played an active role in the city’s evolution.