Department Undergraduate Group (DUG)

Urban Studies Department Undergraduate Group (DUG)

The Urban Studies DUG is a student-run organization of concentrators who sponsor a variety of activities and contribute to a vibrant departmental life.  The DUG hosts speakers, screens films, organizes tours of significant sites around Providence, and holds social events for concentrators. Student editors also publish the bi-annual Urban Studies Newsletter and the annual Urban Journal. 

To get updates on DUG events and news, please join our Facebook group. 

2022-23 DUG Co-Leaders 

Nitzayah Schiller, Susan Tang, Ava Schully, Sophie Blumenstein, and Toby Arment

If you are interested in becoming a DUG leader, please reach out to one of the current co-leaders for more information.

Urban Studies DUG at Brown University


A Welcome Back Event, October 2019

You can't beat KNEAD donuts to bring people together!!You can't beat KNEAD donuts to bring people together!!





Urban Studies Dug Hosts Valentine's Welcome Back!

"Sweet Treats" Raffle!"Sweet Treats" Raffle!




    Great Conversations!Great Conversations!


Katie Hay '18 talks with new concentrator!Katie Hay '18 talks with new concentrator!




Faculty have good conversations, too!Faculty have good conversations, too!






DUG sponsors Gentrification and Urban Revitalization 
A discussion panel moderated by Stefano Bloch, Presidential Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow in Urban Studies




















DUG sponsors trip to the West Broadway Neighborhood Association's  (WBNA) annual house tour. 

WBNA Historic House Tour: Courts & Cottages celebrates these charming smaller homes of the Armory District and the quiet hidden courts and side streets on which they reside.

Our smallest houses can be the sweetest, cutest and coziest. They can also be the most efficient and green, demonstrating concretely that urban living, historic preservation, and sustainability can coexist and thrive together. The tour will include each house's green features, whether they be a solar panel array, gardens or a chicken coop.



Student editors publish the bi-annual Urban Studies Newsletter at the end of the fall and spring semesters and the newly conceived annual Urban Studies Journal every spring as a journal of urban-related news and articles for Urban Studies concentrators, alumni, faculty and friends. 

The DUG is selling Urban Studies t-shirts designed by Amy Kendall '10. All proceeds will be used to support DUG activities.  To buy your Urban Studies t-shirt, contact the Urban Studies Program.