Diversity


Vision:

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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Mission:

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.

Goals/Objectives:
  • 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.
HINDSIGHT CONFERENCE:

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 called for planners and policy-makers to channel our public health roots and re-center environmental justice.

Through two half days of virtual workshops, exhibits,  and panels we challenged 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.

Missed Hindsight 2020 but want to learn more? Check out a blog post on the conference here. Visit our Hindsight Website to see photos and recordings from Hindsight 2020: Our Health, Our Future. We hope to see you next year!

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

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.