Cultural Competency in Planning

You'll learn about:

  • How to work more effectively in culturally diverse communities
  • Better ways to understand culturally diverse communities
  • Gaining awareness of how planning issues affect different cultural communities

Have you ever wanted to share your planning experiences with other planners around the United States about your interaction with diverse communities? In this interactive session, planners will be able to become the “Doctors/Experts”, while providing suggestions for other planners (the attendees) problems. There will be 16 stations, which are listed below. The attendees will be able to wander around to different stations to ask the “Doctors” for their suggestions on how to plan for cultural competency in their communities. People often have the tendency to unintentionally group different cultures together, which could lead to cultural mismatch and stereotyping that could, in turn, prevent effective community outreach efforts in planning. In order to assist planners in learning about different ethnicities, cultural backgrounds, and diversity in general, participants at this session will be encouraged to ask direct questions to the session’s leaders. In this interactive session, there will be 16 stations representing unique and also challenging planning issues commonly found in low-income communities where diversity is more likely to be reflected than in more well-to-do communities. Each station will represent one of the following topics:

  •  Affordable Housing

  • Urban Design

  • Arts, Culture, and Placemaking

  • Community Development

  • Crime Prevention

  • Diversity in the Planning Profession and Education

  • Economic Development

  • Education

  • Environmental Justice

  • Ethnic Enclaves

  • Food Insecurity

  • Planning at the Local Level and Inclusive Engagement

  • Public Health

  • Public and Active Transportation

  • Urban Design

  • Zoning/Ethics/Law

(Topics are subject to change based on availability of experts)

Learning objectives: Increase awareness and understanding of the role of diversity in planning, and increase inclusiveness by reducing stereotypes and cultural misconceptions. Participants will have opportunities to interact with planners from diverse backgrounds and nationalities, and learn how to develop a practice of inclusiveness.