Student Involvement


LARP Student Organizations


UMass Boston Society of Landscape Architects (BSLA) Student Chapter

The Boston Society of Landscape Architects (BSLA) is the oldest chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), founded in 1913. BSLA is one of the largest chapters in the nation with members throughout Massachusetts and Maine. The UMass BSLA Student Chapter represents all students studying landscape architecture, both undergrad and grad, and welcomes participation by all.

UMass BSLA Faculty Advisor: Prof. Mike Davidsohn 

Interested in joining? Please contact chapter officers Madeliene Lombard ( or Maia Medina (

Follow the UMass BSLA Chapter on Instagram: @umassbsla


UMass Planning Student Organization

The Planning Student Organization (PSO) is an organization of first- and second-year, dual degree, and part‐time Masters and PhD Regional Planning students. PSO members work together to improve the Department’s curriculum, the LARP student experience, and professional networking opportunities. PSO officers and students organize social gatherings, such as potluck lunches, gatherings at local venues, orientation, hikes, graduation festivities, and fundraisers. The PSO also supports a portion of a student’s cost of attendance at planning-related conferences, as well as alumni panels and other networking events.

Fundraising is a very important aspect of the PSO. As a student, you are expected to volunteer for at least one fundraising event during the school year. Contributing this time supports other students in attending conferences and helps the PSO prepare for LARP graduation ceremony and celebration. Getting involved in the PSO great way to bond with classmates, take a break from studies, and have fun!

To learn more about the PSO, read the PSO Student Guide and PSO By-Laws. 

Interested in joining? Email the PSO Communication Officer, Emily Hodos (


Community Building Group

The Community Building Group (CBG) is a student-organized social and community engagement group dedicated to connecting Sustainable Community Development (SCD) students and making a positive impact both on campus and in the local community. From social gatherings to volunteer opportunities, CBG’s diverse range of events cater to all interests and passions. We work closely with local community initiatives to contribute to positive change. 

CBG members are predominantly SCD majors or minors, but everyone is welcome to be a member of the group!

Interested in joining? Email with questions or to sign up!

Follow the Community Building Group on Instagram: @cbg.sustcomm


Student Gallery


View LARP student studio designs and projects at the Student Gallery page. 

Interested in having your work added to the Student Gallery? Please contact Caitlyn Dittmeier (




Job and Internship Opportunities: Check your UMass emails for job and internship opportunities circulated by the department. Also view jobs featured on the LARP Jobs and Internships page or UMass Handshake.

Connect with LARP Alumni: Visit the LARP Alumni page or email Professor Patricia McGirr to connect with LARP undergraduate and graduate program alumni. 

Follow LARP on Linked In: @umass-larp


Student Events Calendar


Visit the LARP Public Calendar to learn about upcoming student events and activities at LARP.

For questions about events, please email LARP's Communications and Technology Manager, Caitlyn Dittmeier (


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