Champion Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity in Planning
The success of any endeavor depends directly on the level of involvement and activity dedicated to its progress. As the various components of APA's newly created Diversity and Inclusion Strategy continue to deploy, it is essential that all APA members become active so that its impact might grow. In the coming months, the APA Diversity Committee will present a roadmap that highlights various opportunities for member participation. Fortunately, one of the avenues to get involved is currently available: the APA Ambassador Program.
On behalf of the Diversity Committee, we invite you to learn more about the program, apply to become an Ambassador, and to encourage your APA colleagues to do the same.
As a volunteer-driven initiative, the program's goal is to increase awareness and understanding of the power and value that the planning profession brings to communities, with emphasis on reaching audiences of diverse racial, ethnic, cultural, and economic backgrounds.
APA is actively seeking volunteers for the 2019 Ambassador Program who are willing to commit to conducting at least two activities during the calendar year with an audience of the Ambassador's choosing. Examples include: an elementary, middle, or high school; a university; or a community fair or forum. Activities should introduce basic concepts of planning and the planning profession as well as the benefits and value of APA. The application period for 2019 is open now.
Ambassadors must attend an orientation webinar and are responsible for establishing contact with and arranging all logistics with the activity host(s). APA provides materials on its website that include an Ambassador Toolkit reference guide and other helpful resources.
Part of APA's commitment to all communities is to expand the reach of the planning profession to more diverse audiences; your participation in the Ambassador program is key to maintaining that commitment. We encourage you to apply today!
Here's a great example of how one Ambassador empowered students in five eighth-grade classes to use their voices to influence positive changes in their community.