SUAPP News and Reports

2020-21 Annual Report

This annual report highlights some of the accomplishments of SUAPP faculty, students and community partners  from the 2020-21 academic year. Flip through the online pages below or download the full report.

  • Interdisciplinary & Community Engaged Partnerships
  • Partnership On Housing Inequality
  • Digital Inclusion in South City
  • Smart Cities Virtual Visiting Researcher
  • Hcd Fellows Screen “In The Absence”
  • New Faculty
  • Highlighted Students and Alumni
  • Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Research
  • Community Safety and Policing
  • and more...

SUAPP 2019-2020 Annual Report

SUAPP's Annual Report for 2019-2020 is now available. It highlights two new SUAPP initiatives and the 10 Year impact of the Housing and Community Development Fellowship program. Likewise, it shines a spotlight on the diverse work of our faculty with emphasis on externally funded community facing research. Read the full report.

New PhD Program in Urban Affairs Approved!

SUAPP is pleased to announce that the PhD program in Urban Affairs was approved by THEC in May and began taking applications this fall. THEC's approval followed a successful external review of the program conducted by Ed Goetz, director of the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs at the University of Minnesota, and Connie Ozawa, professor of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University. In their evaluation, the external reviewers remarked, "It is clear that the proposal is the product of intense collaboration among academics ... as well as with critical community organizations. SUAPP has created a culture among its master's program students of dedication to community-driven and information-based policy making. The interdisciplinary nature of the curriculum is right on target for relieving urban problems." The program focuses on urban problem-solving through interdisciplinary, collaborative engaged scholarship and will provide students with the knowledge and ability to advance understanding of urban systems, the capacity to demonstrate applied public policy problem-solving based on research and data and the skills to engage with community constituents as partners in those enterprises. The combination of training in theory development and application will prepare graduates for careers in public, nonprofit, private and educational sector positions as advanced policy analysts, researchers, administrators and academics. The first cohort will begin classes in fall 2021. For information about the program or inquiries about admission, contact Dr. Charlie Santo at casanto@memphis.edu.

2019 Poverty Report Now Available

Dr. Elena Delavega, Associate Professor of Social Work recently released the 2019 Poverty report, which can be accessed here: https://www.memphis.edu/socialwork/research/2019povertyfactsheet.pdf
Additionally, she and her coauthor were featured on the Memphis Daily News "Extra Podcast". Listen by going here: https://dailymemphian.com/section/podcasts/article/7830/the-extra-podcast-poverty-and-what-can-be-don

SUAPP Outstanding Student Engagement Award

This award is given annually to a student whose engagement activities have contributed to understanding and addressing some issue impacting the Memphis and/or the broader West TN/Mid-South community. Recipients will receive a monetary award of $200, recognized at the University Honors Assembly, and be featured in the SUAPP annual report. Additional information and the link to the online application will be posted in February 2021.


2020 - Nikeisha Bass
2019 - Lauren Kirk


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2019 Spring/Summer

2018 Fall/Winter

2018 Spring/Summer

2017 Fall

2017 Winter


2019-2020 Annual Report

2018-2019 Annual Report

2017-2018 Annual Report

2015 Anniversary Annual Report

SUAPP Shared Calendar

School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy Shared Calendar includes events and deadlines for Departments of City and Regional Planning, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Public and Nonprofit Administration, and Social Work.

If you have an event you would like to be considered for inclusion on SUAPP calendar, please contact suapp@memphis.edu