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Mildred Warner honored by planning schools association

Mildred Warner, M.S. ’85, Ph.D. ’97, a professor of city and regional planning in the College of Architecture, Art and Planning (AAP), has received the Margarita McCoy Faculty Award for the advancement of women in planning in higher education through service, teaching and research.

The award was presented Nov. 7 by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP). Named for pioneering urban planner and educator Margarita McCoy, the McCoy award is conferred by the ACSP’s Faculty Women’s Interest Group.

For Warner – who’s also a professor of global development in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, director of the Local Government Restructuring Lab and a faculty fellow at the Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability – the award is the most recent in a particularly extensive list of professional honors and achievements.

Marcela Gonzalez-Rivas, an assistant professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh, nominated Warner for the award.

“I met Dr. Warner when I was a visiting assistant professor at (the Department of City and Regional Planning) but her supportive mentoring role for me began in recent years,” Gonzalez-Rivas said. “As a mentor, Mildred has shown genuine interest in learning about my research focus and willingness to engage in debating my ideas and I thought that she would be a great candidate to receive the award.”

As a social policy planner, Warner has maintained a particular focus on development beyond urban settings, working for the Peace Corps in Ecuador, for The Ford Foundation Rural Poverty and Resources Program, and the Cornell Community and Rural Development Institute before she began teaching at AAP in 1998.

Read the full story, including a Q&A with Warner, on the AAP website.

Patti Witten is a writer for the college of Architecture, Art and Planning.

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