Urban Planning Conference

Savannah Historic District - Bay Street

Advisory Committee


  • Dr. Reynold Verret, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs
  • Dr. Robert Smith , Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
  • Dr. Elazer Barnette, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the School of Teacher Education
  • Dr. Bernard Bongang, Chair of the Department of Political Science and Public Affairs

Conference Organizers

Organizers of the conference consist of faculty members, staff and student at Savannah State University. The conference organizers are as follows:

  • Dr. Deden Rukmana, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Urban Studies and Planning program (Co-Chair)
  • Dr. Otis Johnson, Savannah State University Scholar-in-Residence and Former City of Savannah Mayor (Co-Chair)
  • Emily Bentley, JD, Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Homeland Security and Emergency Management program
  • Professor Anne Roise, MCP, Adjunct Professor of Urban Studies and Planning program
  • Professor Allynne Tosca Owens, MURP, Lecturer in the Department of Political Science and Public Affairs
  • Dr. LaRhonda Odom, Instructor in the Department of Political Science and Public Affairs
  • Dr. Deborah Johnson-Simon, Director of The Center for the Study of African and African Diaspora Museums and Communities
  • Ms. Kenyatta Spiller, Student of the Master of Science in Urban Studies and Planning Program