More just and equitable communities that enable opportunity, quality of life, and a sense of belonging for all; a more diverse planning profession working together to make this vision a reality.

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To increase diversity and cultural competency within the planning profession and provide a resource for planners of different backgrounds in the NY Metro Area to build meaningful connections and share ideas.

  • Foster a welcoming environment, safe space and community for planners of varied backgrounds to share experiences, find mentorship, personally/professionally grow, and make deep connections.
  • Actively address barriers to recruitment and retention of underrepresented peoples in the profession, including but not limited to people of color, women, and LGBTQ-identifying individuals. This includes assisting the national APA’s Diversity Task Force in implementing objectives towards improving diversity, and turning the lens on the planning profession.
  • Serve as a resource of information on diversity and planning issues, success stories, events, leadership training, workshops, etc., especially for institutions.
  • Work together with other APA NY Metro committees, sections, and national divisions to ensure that content of programs include diverse voices/panels and cover concepts of equity and inclusivity.

One of Diversity Committee’s major annual projects is putting on the Hindsight Conference in NYC.

Last year, the 2019 Hindsight conference honored the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, the 100th Anniversary of the 1919 “Red Summer,” and 400 years since enslaved Africans first landed on occupied Powhatan territory, historically renamed Jamestown in Virginia. The 2019 conference theme of Erasure, Remembrance, and Healing, reflects on the intersection of urban planning, policy, and community development, with the erasure of history, collective amnesia, the movement of remembrance, and community healing.

We had hundreds of participants join us for a day of discussions, workshops, and walking tour that centered diversity and equity in planning! We thank all those who supported and participated for your passion, enthusiasm, and engagement. A special thanks to all of our speakers, sponsors, vendors, and volunteers that made the day such a success!  Check out photos from the conference linked here

And this year, WE’RE GOING VIRTUAL! We’re excited to convene online this year for a two day conference that will be held November 12-13. See the conference website for more information.

Requests for proposal submissions:

COVID-19 has amplified our nation’s structural inequities as evident in racial disparities in deaths, access to care, income distribution, and police brutality against Black lives. For this year’s Hindsight Conference, we are reexamining our understanding of health and environment to recenter racial justice, safety, economic opportunity, and public space. Join us and take action towards centering the Black and Brown existence in health, joy, creativity, and healing. Submit your ideas for a session under this year’s theme—Our Health, Our Future. Visit hindsightcon.com for more information.


Lagging Behind: Ethnic Diversity in the Planning Profession in the APA New York Metro Chapter Area — Findings and Recommendations: An APA New York Metro Chapter study of the planning profession in the New York metropolitan area shows the profession has a long way to go to reflect the communities it serves. It shows that the profession appears to be slowly growing more diverse since 1990, but not at the same pace or in the same way as the region. An APA Chapter Presidents Council Award to the New York Metro Chapter in 2000 made the study possible.

Elephant in the Planning Room: Overcoming Barriers to Recruiting and Retaining Planners of Color in the NY Metro Area (2016: A City & Regional Planning graduate thesis on diversity in the planning profession in the New York Metro Area, focusing on race, gender, and other intersectionalities. The study shows that 15 years later, the profession is becoming less representative of NY Metro Area communities. The study outlines a literature review of the significance of diversity, and explores quantitative and qualitative data based on over 300 survey respondents and interviews with almost 50 planners of color, employers/managers, and allies. The study provides a ten-dimension framework to understand the barriers to recruitment and retention of people of color in planning. The report also includes a set of tangible recommendations for improving diversity that employers/managers planning institutions, schools, planners of color, and White planners seeking to become allies could implement.