Many students who study city planning are interested in working in community development. However, their demographics are often dissimilar to those of the communities with which they will work once they graduate. For instance, most of the students who study planning at The Ohio State University are white and come from a middle-class background, but they often want to work with diverse populations and income groups. In order to prepare students for their future professions, educators have an obligation to assist students in understanding the communities with which they will work. Increasingly, planning educators are focusing on community service-learning courses to promote student understanding of the social and public purpose of their profession.
Evans-Cowley, Jennifer, "Encouraging Civic Commitment in Diverse Neighborhoods: An Evaluation of a City Planning Service-Learning Course" (2004). Service Learning, General. 318.