Confronting Racism in Planning and the Workplace

What You'll Learn

  • Apply lessons learned from the results of a comprehensive survey of planners on the climate for diversity in the workplace and classroom.
  • Learn about the centrality of white supremacy in America through racism in planning story-telling.
  • Learn how to acknowledge harm and implement reparative planning methods to rebalance power.

More Course Details

Explore findings from a nationwide web-based survey on the climate for diversity among practitioners, and hear stories from a recent racism-in-planning confessions project. Based on a nationwide web-based survey of 3,000 APA members and 104 follow-up interviews, the first study found that bias and discrimination continue to persist in the planning workplace and in the classroom. Learn about experiences of personal bias and discrimination, gaps in planning education, and antiracist strategies that employers and individuals can use to create a more inclusive workplace climate.

Preliminary stories from a racism-in-planning confessions project launched by planners in Seattle, Chicago, New York City, and Los Angeles during the pandemic illuminate contemporary racism in planning practice. How can planners reenvision our roles to influence transformative change within entrenched systems of oppression and white supremacy? What are the merits and limitations of holding accountable decision makers who are deeply invested in systemic oppression methods? See how intentional actions can disrupt inequities and rebalance power to ensure systemically and historically marginalized populations play a central role in shaping opportunities and outcomes.

Get recommendations on antiracist practices such as training, changes to hiring and promotion practices, movements to decolonize curricula, promotion of equity-based policies, and reparations. Learn how to confront power and privilege to address institutional racism and discriminatory planning practices to achieve racial equity and just outcomes.