APA Interact July 28, 2021

This Week at APA
July 28, 2021
How can planners begin to right past wrongs and build trust with community members historically left out of the planning process? This year's Daniel Burnham Award for a Comprehensive Plan winner, Richmond 300, started by elevating voices that had gone unheard for decades.
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Survey Results
Insights from planners on equity

More than 3,000 planners share their perspectives on workplace satisfaction, interactions with colleagues, education, and professional organizations’ efforts to incorporate EDI efforts. Learn more about the ACSP/APA Practitioner Diversity Climate Survey and recommendations for professional organizations, planning employers, and planning educators.
Equity Resources
Resources to support social equity

Planning for social equity means recognizing planning practices that have had a disparate impact on certain communities and actively working with affected residents to create better communities for all. APA's Social Equity Research KnowledgeBase Collection and Planning for Equity Policy Guide offer resources to support and advance equity in planning in your own communities.

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Voices of Equity
Planning, equity, politics

Planning for equity is inherent in the profession — from the classroom to everyday practice. Wes Grooms, PhD, shares his recommendation that planners look toward elected office as another way to use their skills and understanding of social equity for the public good.
Meaningful Conversations
Let's talk about privilege

How can planners help their communities become more equitable and just? Facilitating conversations is one necessary, but sometimes difficult, step. This APA Learn course offers strategies and activities to help planners guide constructive conversations about discrimination and privilege in their own communities. (Member $30/Nonmember $60). CM | 1.5 | Ethics

AICP planners: Don't forget to log your CM credits.
Planning Practice
Planning for diverse communities

Get the tools and actionable information to engage people of color in planning processes and improve quality of life for all from the PAS report Planning with Diverse Communities. Learn how to advance the well-being of individuals through economic opportunities, access to transportation, housing options, health, and safety.
Addressing Inequities
Cities building momentum for equity

From creating formal civil rights offices to making racial equity goals a binding city policy, revisit how Baltimore, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Austin, and Portland, Oregon, are addressing inequities in this article from the Planning magazine archives.
JULY 28: EXTENDED! AICP Application and AICP Candidate deadline to submit your Professional Planning Experience.

JULY 30: EXTENDED! Planning Experience Essay deadline for AICP applicants and AICP Candidates.

AUGUST 4: Proposal deadline to submit for Innovate4Cities Conference.

AUGUST 20: Voting concludes of APA Board of Directors and AICP Commission elections. Email support@directvote.net if you have not received your ballot.

AUGUST 25: Fellows nomination deadline.
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