Area professionals comment on the MCD graduate program

Khalil Mogassabi
Architect and City Planner
City of Detroit Planning Division

"Balancing economic development and physical growth objectives with a sustainable built-environment, social justice and community design is a challenging and multi-faceted task for community planners, developers and designers. The MCD program at UDM offers excellent training to embark upon such a challenge.

The MCD program's multi-disciplined approach to teaching, through diverse academia and practitioners, offers practical training with valuable hands-on experience for those seeking careers in the public and private sector or those interested in continuing education. This program will prove invaluable in assisting urban, suburban and rural communities achieve their development goals through a new generation of highly skilled community planners, developers and designers."

Sonia Grant-Pearson
Northwest Detroit Development Corporation

"Often professionals working in community development lack formal education related to the field. By taking an interdisciplinary approach, the Master's in Community Development program at UDM helps teach from the ground up, bringing very related areas - such as social work and community development - together."

Burney Johnson
Director of Planning Activities
City of Detroit, Planning & Development Department

"This exciting new program should result in a cadre of graduates with the ability to think strategically, identify root cause to community development issues affecting this City, and provide for creative solutions. I anticipate that these will greatly assist in the on-going transformation of the City of Detroit."

Kathleen H. Wendler
Southwest Detroit Business Association

"It is tremendously exciting that the University has recognized the multiplicity of areas of expertise necessary to the successful practice of Community Economic Development, including Community Planning, Urban Design, Organization and Management, Public Policy, Real Estate Development, Education and Training, Economics and Human Service Delivery. I do not believe that this combination of disciplines exists in a degree program anywhere else in the academic world. It is a tribute to UDM to have acknowledged the field and proposed to provide this necessary service."

Colin J. Hubbell
Hubbell Group

"The University of Detroit Mercy is a pillar institution in the Detroit community, molding and shaping leaders in all disciplines. UDM grads emerge as leaders in their fields. The landscape in older communities is fertile ground for accelerated community development activity, and given UDM's reputation and commitment, I am thrilled by the opportunities that a Master in Community Development program would create."

Mary Bishop
Executive director
New Hope Community Development

"We recognize the need for a Master's in Community Development degree program in the City of Detroit to build the skills and capacity of community economic development practitioners. The Master in Community Development will provide the practical skills for affordable housing development, commercial revitalization, negotiating techniques, community and organizational effectiveness."