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Graduate Research Assistant

Sam Hayes is currently a Master’s student in the Department of City and Regional Planning. Prior to starting this program, Sam worked as a GIS Analyst and Project Coordinator for Furman University’s Shi Institute for Sustainable Communities. At the Shi Institute, Sam focused on researching the built environment and effects of human decisions on minority and low-income communities in Greenville, SC. Some projects that he has worked on include mapping affordable housing in Greenville County, researching racially restrictive covenants from the early 20th century and mapping them, and classifying and mapping eviction in Greenville County. In his free time, Sam serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Upstate Preservation Trust, a nonprofit that works to preserve historic places across Upstate South Carolina.