Professional Development Tips for Latino Planners
You'll learn about:
What can help Latino planners succeed
Distinct issues affecting Latino planners
Strategies that can help Latino planners succeed in their careers
Latino planners can face a number of distinct professional challenges, such as being pigeonholed in their careers, facing skepticism or micro-aggressions from non-Latino colleagues or stakeholders because of their ethnicity or accents, or feeling culturally isolated. There’s also the challenge of trying to determine whether the challenge is because of “who I am” or “what I am.” But with the Latino population growing throughout the United States, there are also many opportunities for planners with special knowledge of Latino communities to get ahead.
Identify the biggest professional development challenges you face as a Latino planner. Break into small groups and explore how to address these challenges. Share your experiences and develop contacts with other Latino planners.
, The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking
Invited SpeakerLeonardo Vazquez is a national award-winning urban planner who is Executive Director of The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking in Union, NJ; Senior Associate with Nishuane Group in Montclair, NJ; and Director of Creative Placemaking for New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester, NH. With two decades of experience in the field, he specializes in community development, local economic development, culturally competent placemaking and the role of arts and culture in urban planning. He is the co-editor of Dialogos: Placemaking in Latino Communities and author of Leading from the Middle: Strategic Thinking for Urban Planning and Community Development Professionals. He won the 2012 National Planning Leadership Award for Advancing Diversity and Social Justice in Honor of Paul Davidoff from the American Planning Association.