Diversity within the profession is essential to finding a common and encompassing community vision, and APA members are committed to fostering such diversity. Increasing social equity, diversity, and minority participation must occur in order to better serve minority populations. Join APA on this important quest.

  • Attendees at the APA National Planning Conference can participate in the Diversity Forum to share information, resources, and ideas.
  • Discover a variety of organizations that have the same goals as APA's diversity initiative.
  • Join the Diversity Committee and drive strategies to increase minority representation and participation in planning.

APA Divisions and Diversity

APA Divisions connect you with other planning professionals who share your passions, challenges, and experiences. Although all APA divisions are committed to promoting diversity and equity within local communities as well as the field, four APA divisions specifically focus on planning issues that concern special populations.

  • The LGBTQ and Planning Division addresses planning topics and issues that relate to the LGBTQ community by providing a forum for exchanging ideas and information.
  • The Latinos and Planning Division will work collaboratively with other professionals and organizations to identify and develop strategies to address planning issues facing Latino communities and career challenges of Latino planners.
  • The Planning and the Black Community Division provides a forum for planners, administrators, public officials, students, and other interested individuals to address issues of significance to the black community.
  • The Women and Planning Division cuts across subject boundaries, giving the division a unique strength and position within the national organization. A primary focus of the division is whether women through their various roles change the paradigm of planning, as recently published research and case studies indicate.

APA Chapters and Diversity

Chapters get you involved in APA close to home. They're your local source for networking and professional development. You'll share experiences with colleagues and broaden your perspective beyond your commission or office. When you join APA, you automatically become a member of your local chapter.

Most chapters offer an annual conference, educational workshops, AICP exam preparation courses, and a newsletter. Many chapters also conduct legislative programs, sponsor planning commissioner training workshops, and conduct public information campaigns.

A number of chapters are engaged in addressing diversity and social equity. Chapters are hosting their own diversity summits, offering mentoring programs, and cultivating diverse chapter leaders.

Visit your local chapter's website to learn more about its diversity efforts and to catch up on the latest planning information in your region.