Planning For All

How we foster equity, diversity, and inclusion

APA is committed to strengthening and evolving planning's central role in creating equitable, diverse, and inclusive communities. Following are the core focus areas of our Equity, Diversity and Inclusion strategy. A focused workplan is in development to bring specific goals to life in the coming year. 

Expand Representation

  • Increase the visibility of diversity, inclusion, and social equity policy positions
  • Integrate diversity, inclusion, and social equity into all APA conferences
  • Promote active diversity and inclusion initiatives in all APA chapters
  • Integrate diversity and inclusion into APA staff and leadership training

Address Barriers

  • Reflect U.S. demographic diversity in APA membership and leadership
  • Emphasize the diversity goals of APA's Student and New Member programs
  • Expand the APA Ambassador program to include partnerships with allied organizations
  • Strengthen programs for underrepresented students and professionals

Build Capacity

  • Provide resources and tools to support the work of APA members and key stakeholders
  • Require components of social equity, diversity, and inclusion in the AICP Certification Maintenance program
  • Facilitate information sharing among diversity committees and other APA members

Seek Partnerships

  • Partner with other nonprofits to advance diversity, inclusion, and equity goals

Be Responsive

  • Advocate for legislative priorities that address challenges and support efforts to create more just communities
  • Encourage discourse on national planning efforts that disproportionately affect marginalized groups