2021
Coffee and Donuts in the Park

Coffee and Donuts in the Park

The Class of 2021 came together to celebrate COVID-19 vaccination, over a year of virtual learning, and graduation by eating donuts and coffee in the park. A few brave juniors joined the celebration and met the seniors in person for the first time!

2021
Truman Scholar: Naomi See

Truman Scholar: Naomi See

Congratulations to CEP Junior Naomi See who has been selected for the prestigious Truman Scholarship! This scholarship recognizes aspiring leaders nationwide who are driven to make change at the policy level. We are so proud of you! READ MORE

2021
CEP’s First Cookbook

CEP’s First Cookbook

The Communications and Alumni Relations committee designed and printed a fantastic cookbook titled “Cooking, Eating, and Plating (CEP) that will transport readers to the kitchens of former and current CEPsters.  

2021
Senior Project Film Festival

Senior Project Film Festival

The second annual Senior Project Film Festival Night, showcasing our hard-working seniors and their projects that reflect their passions and educational goals within the major. Graphic Credit: Brenda Villa

2021
Husky 100: Reese O’Craven

Husky 100: Reese O’Craven

Congratulations Reese for being recognized as a #Husky100 student! “I intend to devote my career to moving the needle towards a future where wealth is more evenly distributed, communities are designed to be resilient and connected, environmental stewardship and sustainability are valued, and overall wellbeing and happiness are greater.” READ..Read More

2021

COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 Pandemic forces classes, governance, and even Happy Hour online. Students respond by hosting a CEP Food Drive, creating a CEP Bingo of online community-building activities, and supporting one another through Zoom chat.

2021
Black, Brown, and Indigenous Student and Alumni Panel

Black, Brown, and Indigenous Student and Alumni Panel

Prospective students were able to learn about the unique experiences of current CEP students and alumni throughout their academic and career journeys. Panelists included Vivan Daigre, Elijah Mason, Andrea Sebastian, Shabazz Abdulkadir, Aury Banos, and Kori Carter.

2020
CEP Student Food Drive

CEP Student Food Drive

CEP students collected virtual donations and donations at stores around Seattle to donate to the UW Food Pantry.

2020
Bonderman Fellow: Anabella King

Bonderman Fellow: Anabella King

Congratulations to CEP student Anabella King who has been selected as a 2020 Bonderman Fellow! “As a descendant of the Amskapi Pikuni, Anabella’s itinerary is influenced by her own journey of mending intergenerational trauma.” READ MORE

2020
CEPster elected as 2020-2021 ASUW Vice President!

CEPster elected as 2020-2021 ASUW Vice President!

Amidst the changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, our institutions need sound, transparent governance and leadership now more than ever. Dalton Owens of the CEP Class of 2021 is hoping to fill that role as the Vice President of the Associated Students of the University of Washington (ASUW). “The..Read More

2020
Husky 100: Julia Jannon-Shields

Husky 100: Julia Jannon-Shields

Congratulations Julia for being recognized as a #Husky100 student! “I aspire to creatively engage communities, and combat environmental racism and injustice in an effort to establish a more sustainable and equitable future.” Read More…

2020
Husky 100: Dalton Owens

Husky 100: Dalton Owens

Congratulations Dalton for being recognized as a #Husky100 student! “I have sought out opportunities to strengthen my leadership ability in hopes that I can make a change in the world when my time on this college campus has come to an end.” Read More…

2020
Breaking Ground on Existing Roads

Breaking Ground on Existing Roads

CEP senior Sean Long is studying micro-transit as a possible addition to the Puget Sound region’s transportation system. “It would help people take shorter trips and connect to transit without using their cars,” says Long. READ MORE

2020
Greetings from Auckland

Greetings from Auckland

CEP senior Sydney Solis boarded a flight to Auckland, New Zealand in early March, not knowing that she was embarking on a one-way journey due to the COVID-19 outbreak. She’s able to keep up with courses online while adjusting to the 19-hour time difference. READ MORE

2020
Bringing Hip Hop to Urban Planning

Bringing Hip Hop to Urban Planning

In recent years, scholars and practitioners in architecture have pushed for consideration of hip hop culture. CEP senior Aury Banos was inspired by this to examine hip hop culture as it relates to urban planning. READ MORE

2019

    Fall Retreat

    The last full-major event before the COVID-19 pandemic. Lots of coffee cake was eaten, talents shared, and mushrooms identified. Click through the whole gallery below. Photo Credit: Brian Liu

    2019
    Let the Record Play

    Let the Record Play

    This past year, Nyles Green (CEP ’19) undertook a unique senior project focused on preserving and sharing the stories of black musicians in the Pacific Northwest. READ MORE

    2019
    CEP Pop-Up Park in Renton

    CEP Pop-Up Park in Renton

    CEP alum Brittany Gillia (CEP ’19) created a pop-up park in downtown Renton for her senior project. Gillia was interested in transforming an unused space into a place for people. READ MORE

    2019
    CEP Goes to Berlin

    CEP Goes to Berlin

    13 students spent the summer learning about urbanization, conflict, and community in Berlin. Their experiences culminated in a final film festival. View journal submissions, a gallery, and films below. READ MORE

    2019
    Class of 2019

    Class of 2019

    The Class of 2019 at the 2017 Fall Leadership Retreat at Pack Forest.

    2019
    Press Play!

    Press Play!

    CEP alum Maisha Barnett was featured on the Seattle Growth Podcast: Finding Community in Public Spaces. Catch her segment at minute 34:00! READ MORE

    2019
    Graduation

    Graduation

    A special shoutout to our planners Hannah Wetter and Eleni Williams for making the event possible, and to Stuart Danford for capturing such excellent photos of the evening. Keynote Speaker: Marcus Harrison Green Student Speakers: Michael Monroe & Catarina Ratajczak

    2019
    Udall Undergraduate Scholar: Helen Ganahl

    Udall Undergraduate Scholar: Helen Ganahl

    Congratulations to CEP junior Helen Ganahl who has been awarded the 2019 Udall Undergraduate Scholarship! “By fostering habitat preservation and sustainable food production, I will bring urban communities into better alignment with the living environment.” READ MORE

    2019
    Senior Project Night

    Senior Project Night

    34 seniors gave 15-minute presentations summarizing the work they have completed over the past 9 months. We are so proud of our seniors! Photo credit: Stuart Danford    

    2019
    Husky 100:  Catarina Ratajczak

    Husky 100: Catarina Ratajczak

    Congratulations Catarina for being recognized as a #Husky100 student! This award recognizes 100 UW undergraduate and graduate students from Bothell, Seattle, and Tacoma in all areas of study who are making the most of their time at the UW. READ MORE

    2019
    Puget Sound Transit Tracker

    Puget Sound Transit Tracker

    CEP senior Kona Farry has created Pantograph, a website and app showing real-time locations of buses, ferries, and trains in the greater Seattle area. Check it out today! READ MORE

    2019
    Buy a Beer for CEP

    Buy a Beer for CEP

    Another great fundraiser for the CEP program. We sold 356 pints, even in the rain! PC: Jonas Geier

    2018

    2018
    A Greener Smile is a Good Thing

    A Greener Smile is a Good Thing

    Isabelle de Mozenette (CEP ’18) is helping the UW School of Dentistry clinics make the world a little greener with bamboo toothbrushes. READ MORE

    2018
    Passing the Torch

    Passing the Torch

    Photo credit: Conor Curran and Megan Herzog.

    2018
    Senior Project Night

    Senior Project Night

    Photo credit: Jamie Carlson.

    2018
    Buy a Beer for CEP

    Buy a Beer for CEP

    We sold almost 600 beers and raised over $2k, all in the name of CEP student support. We love our CEP community and Peddler Brewing! Photo Credits to: Maisha Barnett (CEP ’18), Jonas Geier (CEP ’19), and Tony Pai (CEP ’18).  

    2017
    Fall Retreat

    Fall Retreat

    Photos from CEP’s Fall Leadership Retreat, October 2017 — where we got to know our community, took charge of our education, and planned for the year ahead.

    2017
    Class of 2017

    Class of 2017

    The Class of 2018 at the 2017 Fall Leadership Retreat at Pack Forest.

    2017
    Graduation

    Graduation

    Photo credit: Steven Fong and Caitlyn Shea.

    2017
    Senior Project Night

    Senior Project Night

    Photo credit: Steven Fong and Megan Herzog.

    2016
    Fall Retreat

    Fall Retreat

    Photo credit: Megan Herzog, Christopher Campbell, and Kelly Hostetler.

    2016

    2016
    Spring Retreat

    Spring Retreat

    CEP students reflect on an amazing 21st year and look to the future.

    2016
    Bike to Work Day

    Bike to Work Day

    Photo credit to Stefanie Gonzalez.

    2015

    2015
    CEP turns 21!

    CEP turns 21!

    CEP marks its 21st birthday with an exhibit in Gould Hall and a CEP Turns 21 celebration. The celebration reunites the more than 500 CEP alumni and inspires new energy for the future of the major. The full gallery can be found at our Facebook Page.

    2014

    2013
    Fall Retreat

    Fall Retreat

    Photography Credit to An Huynh.

    2013
    Graduation

    Graduation

    Photo credits to Elena Umanskaya and Tori Lin.  

    2013
    Passing of the Torch

    Passing of the Torch

    CEP’s year concluded with encouraging words, thoughtful reflection, and the passing of items from Seniors to Juniors.  

    2013
    Bike to Work Day

    Bike to Work Day

    CEP Counted 1280 cyclists cruising by on their way to work on the Burke Gilman!  

    2013

    New Mission Statement and Core Values

    Students agree by consensus to a new mission statement and set of core values. The new values are Practice, Intentionality, Personal Formation, Stewardship, and Communal Learning.

    2012

    2012

    Evaluation of Grading Policy

    After years of deliberation, CEP students modify the distinguishing assessment structure of the major, introducing, for the first time, the ability to be graded on the traditional 4.0 scale in core CEP courses rather than receiving credit/no credit and narrative evaluations. Students also vote to provide credit for Governance participation.

    2012

    Students establish a relationship with the Beacon Hill Food Forest and participate in work parties throughout the year. “The importance of diversity”, “environmental consciousness and stewardship”, and “social justice” are newly included in the Plumb Manual. ISP Support Fund is established.

    2011
    CEP Open House

    CEP Open House

    CEP held its first EVER Open House on November 17, 2011.

    2011
    Wayfinding Solutions in the Des Moines Marina District

    Wayfinding Solutions in the Des Moines Marina District

    A team of students develops a series of wayfinding solutions to address connectivity issues in the Des Moines Marina District.

    2011

    Responsive Neighborhood Greenway Research

    A team of CEP students worked for the Roosevelt Neighborhood Association, researching and planning a feasible neighborhood greenway responsive to future transit needs.  

    2011

    Passing the Torch Becomes Literal

    Passing the torch from one cohort to the next becomes literal with a real torch that has continued to be passed down from cohort to cohort.    

    2011

    Migration to Digital Portfolios

    The Migration to Digital Portfolios: CEP Senior Portfolios, a capstone requirement illustrating and synthesizing each student’s educational path, moves from its traditional physical format to an online, dynamic format.

    2008
    Housing Affordability Project

    Housing Affordability Project

    Students present research findings regarding housing affordability in Ballard to the Neighborhood District Council, calling for increased dialogue with and participation from residents.

    2008

    Budget Crisis

    The recession urges students to investigate ways to use the CEP structure to improve job skills and readiness. State budget cuts prompt the Department of Urban Design and Planning to conduct a multi-year review of the CEP program. In 2011, the UDP faculty reaffirm its commitment to undergraduate planning education..Read More

    2005

    2005

    CEP students establish a two-year partnership with the Seattle Office of Sustainability and Environment to conduct an Environmental Equity Survey on Seattle neighborhoods. Results are presented to Seattle City managers.

    2005
    CEP Name Change

    CEP Name Change

    CEP changes its name to Community, Environment, and Planning to distinguish itself from the specific field of environmental planning.

    2004

    10 Years and Counting… On Each Other

    CEP celebrates its first 10 years at 10 Years and Counting… On Each Other- a celebration of excellence and innovation in undergraduate planning education.

    2003
    University District Mural

    University District Mural

    As part of a junior project, a group of students worked with homeless youth to paint a mural behind University Methodist Church on 42nd and 15th. This project and two others involving the history of University Ave and a facade Improvement plan are presented to the community at the University..Read More

    2002

    University District P-Patch

    CEP maintains a plot at the University District’s community garden P-Patch, giving students a valuable co-working service-learning experience. CEP students also advocate for housing policy that fights homelessness, declaring November Housing, Homelessness, and Hunger month. CEP students bring together local activists and planners for a college-wide panel discussion on housing..Read More

    2001

    First Senior Project Night

    CEP hosts its first Senior Project Night, an annual event in which all students present their senior project work to an audience of professionals, alumni, students, and friends.

    2001

    The CEP program forms a relationship with students in Port Elizabeth South Africa. In 2002 a group of students, called the Planning Corps, travel to Port Elizabeth to discuss urban planning topics related to both regions. CEP begins a three-year experiment with Junior projects in an attempt to integrate student..Read More

    2000

    First Strategic Plan

    CEP creates its first Strategic Plan and begins an ongoing two-year planning cycle. The strategic plan refines the CEP mission and vision, builds continuity, and helps the major reach its long-term goals.

    2000

    Creation of Stewards Council

    CEP created the Stewards Council, comprised of alumni, students, and community members. The Council’s mission is to support the program by providing continuity, experience, vision, and new resources.

    1999
    Recognition from the University

    Recognition from the University

    “I wish every element of our great university was as swiftly responsive to new learning opportunities as the students and faculty of this program” — Richard McCormick, President of the UW. CEP receives UW’s first Brotman Award for Instructional Excellence in Undergraduate Education for outstanding collaborative achievement in teaching and..Read More

    1997
    Growth of Program

    Growth of Program

    CEP doubles its size to 34 students in two cohorts.

    1997

    Programmatic Review

    CEP students, staff, and faculty conduct the first significant review of the major. The review identifies several strengths as well as areas requiring additional focus. These include Program Identity, Student Responsibility, and Program Evaluation.

    1996
    First Graduating Class of CEPsters

    First Graduating Class of CEPsters

    The unofficial name of the founding class of 16 was “The Pioneers.” The major was initially called Community and Environmental Planning.

    1995
    CEP Tree Logo Created

    CEP Tree Logo Created

    CEP tree logo created in 1995 by Ruth Richards.

    1993
    First Colloquium

    First Colloquium

    12 students, called “The Founders” were involved in designing the colloquium that was then developed into the CEP major.