Diversity within the profession is essential to finding a common and encompassing community vision. APA is committed to promoting more inclusive, just, and equitable communities through a planning profession as diverse as the communities we serve. Join us on this important quest.

  • Attendees at the APA National Planning Conference can participate in the Planning for Inclusiveness and Social Justice track to learn and share information, resources, and ideas. Many other sessions incorporate issues of equity and diversity.
  • Volunteer as an APA Ambassador to educate youth and the public about the power of planning and planners.
  • Join the APA Diversity Committee and drive strategies to foster diversity and inclusion in the organization and the planning profession.
  • Get active in your local chapter or division initiatives (see below). Learn how the New York Metro Chapter's Diversity Committee reinvented itself to be one of the most active groups across the country.

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 and one interest group specifically focus on planning issues that concern special populations. Explore what Divisions have to offer (students can join up to five for free).

APA Chapters and Diversity

Chapters get you involved in APA close to home. They're your local source for networking and professional development. You'll share experiences with colleagues and broaden your perspective beyond your commission or office. When you join APA, you automatically become a member of your local chapter.

A number of chapters are engaged in addressing diversity and social equity. Chapters are hosting their own diversity summits, offering mentoring programs, and cultivating diverse chapter leaders. The following APA Chapters have active diversity committees:

Visit your local chapter's website to learn more about its diversity efforts and to catch up on the latest planning information in your region.


Contact diversity@planning.org.