Diversity within the profession is essential to finding a common and encompassing community vision, and APA members are committed to fostering such diversity. Increasing social equity, diversity, and minority participation must occur in order to better serve minority populations. Join APA on this important quest.

Attendees of the APA National Planning Conference can participate in the Diversity Forum to share information, resources, and ideas.

Discover a variety of diversity resources, which include books, reports, presentations, and conference proceedings.

Become an APA Ambassador, and help reach future planners with diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds.

Join the Diversity Task Force and drive strategies to increase minority representation and participation in planning.


APA Divisions and Diversity

APA Divisions connect you with other planning professionals who share your passions, challenges, and experiences. Although all APA divisions are committed to promoting diversity and equity within local communities as well as the field, four APA divisions specifically focus on planning issues that concern special populations.

  • The Gays and Lesbians in Planning Division addresses planning topics and issues that relate to the gay and lesbian community by providing a forum for exchanging ideas and information.
  • Latinos and Planning Division will work collaboratively with other professionals and organizations to identify and develop strategies to address planning issues facing Latino communities and career challenges of Latino planners.
  • Planning and the Black Community Division provides a forum for planners, administrators, public officials, students, and other interested individuals to address issues of significance to the black community.
  • Planning and Women Division cuts across subject boundaries, giving the division a unique strength and position within the national organization. A primary focus of the division is whether women through their various roles change the paradigm of planning, as recently published research and case studies indicate.

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