Moving from aspiration to action: Reorienting planners’ values towards equity, diversity and inclusion

Date(s) - Nov 12, 2021
10:00 am - 11:30 am

Across the U.S., there are institutional debates regarding how best to support diversity within urban planning curricula, among our students and faculty members, and in our workplaces. Transforming the culture of White privilege in workplaces, professional practice, and education remains one of planning’s biggest challenges. Furthermore, there has been limited research that broadly examines how practitioners perceive or experience diversity within the urban planning field and the steps necessary to develop and sustain culturally competent practices in the planning profession. Researchers will discuss findings from a collaboration between the American Planning Association (APA) and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning – Planners of Color Interest Group (ACSP-POCIG). Drawing from their forthcoming report, they will share findings from a nationwide survey and interviews of planning professionals regarding the climate for diversity within their workplaces and the communities they serve. The study finds that although there has been progress incorporating diversity within some organizations and agencies, but there are four areas that employers, workplaces and institutions still need to address, which include: 1) lack of representation of planners of color (2) continued experiences of bias and discrimination based on identity, (3) limited pursuit by employers to address issues of diversity in the workplace, and (4) gap in educational preparation and professional practice. The session will conclude with recommendations that outline an inclusive approach on ways planners, educators, and organizations can incorporate more anti-racist actions within the field of planning.

CM #9225082

Sponsored by: APA Urban Design & Preservation Division