2018 National Planning Conference

Boost Your Cross-Cultural Awareness and Skills

Sunday, April 22, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. CDT

Location: R08

CM | 1.25

Cost: Included in Registration

Activity Type: Educational Sessions

Activity ID: NPC188028


  • Tactics to enhance diversity and inclusion in your projects and organization
  • Strategies to enhance cross-cultural competence
  • How to break down stereotypes and generalizations and avoid the negative repercussions of biased decision-making .


While acknowledging and supporting the topics of diversity and inclusion is an expectation of planners, most planners are unaware of their role in promoting diversity and inclusion or building this competency. Diversity initiatives are often separate from priority projects and budgets, living in a survey, separate initiative, or an abstract training. Yet to integrate diversity and inclusion seamlessly requires cultural awareness and cross-cultural competence — a frame of mind that comes from one’s own self-awareness and reflection. How do we expose ourselves to expand our experience and our comfort zone to increase our own and our organization’s cultural competence? This session will provide an overview of building cultural competencies into our workplaces and ourselves, including activities that help participants recognize how culture shapes "reality" and techniques that you can use to enhance cultural competence in your organization, your community, and yourself.

Session Speakers

Lisa Corrado, AICP
City of Henderson
Henderson, NV

Diana Graizbord
University of Georgia

Maria Jose Norero --
City of Las Vegas
Henderson, NV

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