The University of Oregon Transportation and Livability Student Group brings together undergraduate and graduate students from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines to focus on the planning and design of transportation systems as they relate to community quality of life and livability. (We have a general bias towards active and public transportation.) LiveMove’s mission statement is:
“To promote healthy, sustainable communities by integrating transportation and livability through collaboration, education, research and outreach.”
Within the group, there are opportunities to collaborate on planning and design projects, to gain leadership skills, to bring in high-profile guest speakers, and to network. In addition, generous funding is available through a grant from the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC) to support any University students to attend educational conferences, workshops or seminars to enhance their understanding of transportation-related issues.
The interdisciplinary nature of the group is unique at the UO, and while open to all majors, is especially well suited for Planning Public Policy & Management, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Geography, Environmental Studies, and related majors, both undergraduate and graduate.
Interested students and community members can sign up for emails by using the form to the right.
Corrie Parrish, President
Originally from Pittsburgh, Corrie came to UO last year after several years moving around the country working on regional bike trail development projects. She is a Community and Regional Planning Master's student, and is also working on a graduate certificate in nonprofit management. Her research interests include equity issues around transportation options, and connectivity to open spaces. In her free time, she likes to hike, play music, and hang out with her cat and partner. And of course, she loves to bike around town.
Karen Mason, Vice President
Karen is a New York City native with a desire to make cities more sustainable. Working to earn her master’s degree in Community and Regional Planning, her focus is on transportation planning. She is also passionate about food security, composting, and recycling. In her free time she enjoys hiking, biking, gardening, and cooking. She also has two very cute cats, a doofy dog, and a husband who has been a great support.
Miranda Menard Hannu, Outreach Coordinator
Miranda is originally from Guatemala City, Guatemala and grew up in Richland, Washington. She desires to make cities sustainable places where people want to. Working to earn her master’s degree in Community and Regional Planning, her focus is on transportation planning. She is also passionate about international development, fair trade and environmental education. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, biking, and trying out new recipes.
Katie Kerekes, Volunteer Coordinator
Before moving to the Pacific Wonderland, Katie called home to the just as wonderful Wilmington, North Carolina, where she earned her B.A. in Psychology and enjoyed all the local southern cooking you could imagine. She unearthed her love for disaster work while volunteering in Brooklyn post-Sandy, catapulting her into the disaster response and volunteer management field. Since, she has planned business trips to Nuwakot, Nepal, coordinated volunteers for a week-long film festival staffed solely by said (lovely) folk, and advised the Peruvian government on how to manage an influx of volunteers they received after a series of floods in 2017. Now, Katie is a student at University of Oregon working towards her concurrent Master of Nonprofit Management and Master of Conflict and Dispute Resolution. She also has years of experience working one on one with people with disabilities and has developed an acute sense of patience and excitement in empowering others. In her free time, she attempts to make sure her dog (and herself) get enough sunshine and exercise.
Fin Heeb, Speaker Series Coordinator
Finley is a Pacific Northwest local who wants to encourage people to engage with their community through bussing, biking, and walking. They are currently pursuing a degree in Planning, Public Policy, and Management with a particular interest in transportation planning. In their free time, Finley enjoys swimming in lakes, telling stories by a campfire, and taking their dog for long walks in the park.
Maddy Reznick, Speaker Series Coordinator
Maddy is a third year undergraduate student at the University of Oregon. She is studying PPPM, Business, and Environmental studies. She hopes to study up, graduate, and advocate for a sustainable, healthy future. She aims to do this by improving the way communities view transportation, natural resources, and environmental stewardship. In her free time, she likes to get outside, eat Sizzle Pie, and ride the EmX!