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.

About Hindsight 2020:

Hindsight Conference is a conference in New York City on urban planning through an equity lens. The COVID-19 pandemic has amplified our nation’s structural inequities, as evident in racial disparities in deaths and access to care, rise in income inequality, and layered on top, police brutality against Black lives. This year’s conference calls for planners and policy-makers to channel our public health roots and re-center environmental justice.

Asserting our vision for the future is necessary to prevent others from taking advantage of crisis to impose their ideologies. Black and Indigenous People of Color; People with Disabilities; Queer, Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Individuals; and other historically marginalized groups, must lead the road to recovery.

Through two half days of virtual workshops, exhibits,  and panels we challenge attendees to build a future where we all not just survive, but more importantly, thrive. We must strengthen our connections to our ancestral struggles, our historic and present-day movements, and one another, in order to build our health and our future.

Registration: Please find more information and register on our Eventbrite page

Hindsight Conference Schedule: Please visit Hindsightcon.com for full program with sessions and speakers. Note: 1 CM credit per session — credits pending. 

November 12th, Day One
9:45am – 11:00am EST – Opening Remarks & Keynote
11:15am – 12:15pm EST – Session 1 Block
12:30pm – 1:15pm EST – Movement Break
1:30pm – 2:30pm EST – Session 2 Block
2:40pm – 2:45pm EST – End of Day 1 Closing Remarks

November 13th, Day Two
12:00pm – 12:15pm EST – Day Two Kick Off
12:30pm – 1:30pm EST – Session 3 Block
1:45pm – 2:45pm EST – Session 4 Block
3:00pm – 4:00pm EST – Session 5 Block
4:15pm – 4:30pm EST – Closing Remarks
4:30pm – 6:30pm EST – Virtual Happy Hour & Dance Party with DJ Tara

Please visit the Hindsight Conference website for the most up-to-date information about Hindsight 2020 including the full schedule, program, speakers, exhibiter/vendors, web requirements and other important information.

Contact Us: Please email us at hindsightconference@gmail.com with any questions

Sponsors: This conference was organized by the members of the Diversity Committee of the APA New York Metro Chapter. The event is sponsored by the APA New York Metro Chapter. We would like to thank the following entities for their chapter sponsorship that helps to make this event possible: Langan Engineering & Environmental Services, Philip Habib & Associates (PHA) Engineers and Planners, Public Works Partners LLC, Cleary Consulting, Fitzgerald & Halliday, Inc. (FHI), HR&A Advisors, Inc., and Kimley Horn.


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.