Students and faculty are invited to join us for the “Internalizing Equity” Speaker & Workshop Series. The planning profession is dynamic and multilevel, but at the heart of it all is creating resilient societies that service the needs of the one and the many, regardless of background, place, or identity. Through speaking workshops and a panel of community leaders, this series will provide tangible insight as to how planners can internalize equity-based principles so that historically disenfranchised communities can fully participate, prosper, and avoid disproportionate harm in our societies.
Establishing a Baseline: Lessons On Talking About Race with Neelam Chand, Shift SLC
Thursday, February 18th, 12 PM – 1 PM
The past few months have taken the U.S on a racial reckoning journey unlike any other. Neelam Chand, equity consultant and Founder of Shift SLC, will lead us through an engaged conversation about easing into discomfort when talking about race and social justice while honoring each person’s individual journey and normalizing doing better once we know better.
Empowered Community Voices Panel
Thursday, March 18th, 12 PM – 1:15 PM
Planners are dynamic practitioners that work with communities at every level. This entails proximity, empathy, and a conviction for serving others. This panel, consisting of a variety of community leaders from across the state, will express the need for identifying community solutions by centering strengths versus lacks. The topic of discussion will be about how to approach community issues by going from what’s “wrong” to what’s “strong”.
“We Cannot Plan from our Desks”: The Need for Embedded Planning with Jonathan Pacheco Bell
Thursday, April 8th, 12 PM – 1 PM
A keynote presentation and subsequent Q&A with Jonathan Pacheco Bell, author of the APA article “We Cannot Plan from Our Desks”, and embedded planner in Los Angeles. He believes that “for planning to achieve equity in communities, planners need to see the realities of community life…[and] connect with the people we serve.” Read Jonathan’s full article about embedded planning.