Let’s Talk About Privilege

The LGBTQ and Planning Division of APA


Friday, September 28, 2018
1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. EDT

CM | 1.50
E | 1.50

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The AICP Code of Ethics directs us to, “seek social justice by working to expand choice and opportunity for all persons, recognizing a special responsibility to plan for the needs of the disadvantaged and to promote racial and economic integration. We shall urge the alteration of policies, institutions, and decisions that oppose such needs.” How do we as planners help our communities become more equitable and just? It might be easy to say “don’t discriminate”, but how do we truly confront discrimination if we do not talk about its flipside, “privilege”. One side of discrimination is that someone is suffering from an “unearned disadvantage”. The flipside is “privilege” where someone is benefitting from an “unearned advantage”. These are difficult conversations and ones that can make people uncomfortable, uneasy, defensive, or illicit feelings of guilt. In this session we will discuss the role of planners in such conversations and how we can guide such conversations in constructive ways. We will provide strategies for avoiding pitfalls and showcase activities that can help people understand their own and others’ lived experiences.

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Ward Lyles

Confirmed Speaker

Dr. Lyles’ research and teaching interests center on the intersection of people, the built environment, and the natural environment. His current research projects explore 1) the use of planning to reduce long-term risks from natural hazards and climate change, 2) the use of social network analysis to examine the role ... Read More

Bonnie Johnson, PhD, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Bonnie J. Johnson, PhD, AICP is the Professional Development Officer for the Kansas Chapter of the American Planning Association and Program Director/Associate Professor of Urban Planning in the School of Public Affairs and Administration at the University of Kansas. She teaches planning theory, land use, and politics, planning, and ... Read More

Cade Hobbick, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Cade Hobbick, AICP, LEED-AP is Supervising Environmental Planner at the planning and engineering firm, STV Incorporated in New York. His career began in the public sector in New York, working as a community planner on comprehensive plan development and implementation, flood zone evaluations, strategic economic development planning, and farmland protection ... Read More

Jennifer Roberton, AICP Candidate

Confirmed Speaker

Jen Roberton works towards the future sustainability of New York City’s mobility network as Transportation Policy Advisor for the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability. Before joining the City of New York, Jen spent over six years working for not-for-profit organizations with a focus on cycling access, and worked to ... Read More

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Christine Dersi, info@ohioplanning.org