Diversity, Equity & Inclusion


DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION PROGRAMS

One of the key goals of APA California is to encourage a diverse membership and to provide support to all who would like to participate in APA and work in the planning field. Chapter’s Strategic Plan 2018-19 considers “Inclusion and Diversity” and “Social and Environmental Justices” as two of its guiding values and principles. In 2019 the Chapter strengthened it’s commitment to these values by eliminating the two nominated Board positions – a Membership Inclusion Director for Northern and for Southern California and created a new elected position Vice President – Diversity and Equity that would have voting rights and be part of the Executive Committee.

APA California sponsors a Diversity Summit at the APA annual conference to highlight various issues that are of particular concern to communities of color, LGBTQIA community and the accessibility community.  A Diversity Mixer is also sponsored by APA California at the conference to provide an excellent networking opportunity for members and provide a forum to discuss how members can get involved in Chapter activities.

In addition, each of the State’s Sections also have a Board position aimed that fulfilling the State’s diversity related goals and provide a number of diversity programs and participation options.

If you are interested in getting involved below is our leadership:

STATE BOARD

V.P. FOR DIVERSITY AND EQUITY

Miroo Desai

SECTION DIVERSITY DIRECTORS

CENTRAL COAST

Tanner Shelton

INLAND EMPIRE

Monica Guerra

LOS ANGELES

Ali Mir

NORTHERN

Cindy Ma

NORTHERN

Cherise Orange

SACRAMENTO

Celia Yniguez

SAN DIEGO

Jerry Rivero

IMPLICIT BIAS AND CULTURAL TRAINING MATERIALS

At the 2019 State Conference in Santa Barbara the Board organized an implicit bias and cultural training. This was a double session, 180-minute training conducted by Oakland based The Justice Collective that was very well received.

Below are the presentation and exercises that were used at this training.

DIVERSITY SUMMITS

Since 2006 APA California has sponsored Diversity Summits at the State Conference. For the past several years Diversity Summit has been the de facto soft opening for the state conferences. Over the years, these Summits have undertaken a myriad of topics and the list below provides a taste of the type of issues that have been tackled.

2019

Representation Matters: A Panel on Diversity in the Planning Profession

2018

Moving Towards Transportation Justice: What can Planners do to Meet the Needs of Disadvantaged Communities?

2017   

Supporting Vulnerable Communities: Lessons Learned from a History of Urban Renewal and Displacement

2016

History of Diversity and Planning: Changing Faces, Places, and Planning in California

2015   

Gentrification Mosaic: Conversations on Displacement of Economic and Social Capital

2014   

Inclusive Vacations: Making & Retaining Tourism as Job Centers in Diverse  Communities

2013   

Food Justice: Issues Impacting Urban & Rural Communities of Color

2012   

Census Trends for Planning & Policy

2011   

California’s Changing Face

2010   

Adding Color to the Profession: Plan to Thrive, not just Survive

2009

Diversity in Planning  

2008

Top 10 Planning Issues for Communities of Color

2007

Crossing Borders and Breaking Barriers

2006

Adding Color to the Profession

ambassador program

APA Ambassadors are planners who connect with schools and youth programs. Ambassadors are an important part of APA’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion strategy to create a profession reflective of our communities and enhance community knowledge of the planning process. Benefits of joining the program include pro bono CM credits and access to national online forum to share resources and form local teams.

This is a program facilitated by the National APA’s Equity Diversity Inclusion Committee. Our leadership above is available for any kind of support and assistance needed by California Ambassadors. If you have any questions or like more information please contact Miroo Desai.