APA and AICP Diversity Milestones

APA and its professional institute, AICP, have continually engaged in efforts to increase social equity, diversity, and minority participation. The following timeline highlights APA and AICP diversity milestones since 1978.

Diversity Milestones
1978 The first annual APA Graduate Planning Fellowship are awarded to minority students.
1979 APA creates the Women in Planning Division.
1980 APA creates the Planning and the Black Community Division.
1994 Planning and Community Equity Book published with support of AICP.
1994-1995 AICP adopts Agenda for America's Communities in the wake of the Los Angeles Riots.
1995 AICP creates Community Assistance Program (CAP).
1996 Building on a relationship dating back to 1978, APA launches APA and Planning in China initiative working closely with the central and local governments in the People's Republic of China (PRC).
1998 APA creates the Gays and Lesbians in Planning Division.
1999 APA Board designates a focused seat on the Board of Directors for a minority member.
2001 APA Research releases a Spanish language course and workbook (Los Fundamentos de Planificacion de Sitios) on the fundamentals of site planning and delivers nine training sessions in Nicaragua, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic.
2001 APA establishes additional minority-focused scholarships including the Judith McManus Price scholarship.
2001 APA creates the Paul Davidoff National Award for Social Advocacy.
2001 A Spanish-language section is launched on the APA website.
2003 AICP Symposium held on social equity, "Getting to Equality: Better Transportation Choices for Underserved Communities."
2003 AICP forms a task force to address the minority pass rate on the AICP exam.
2003 Webpages in Mandarin are created on the APA website.
2004 APA creates the Indigenous Planning Division.
2004 Minority Planning Summit held in Washington, D.C.
2004 APA's President appoints the Diversity Task Force to develop a report and recommendations based on the Minority Planning Summit.
2004 APA adopts the Free Student Membership Program.
2004 AICP launches the AICP Mentoring Program.
2004 APA and AICP release the Technical Report for the Minority Pass Rate Project.
2005 Diversity Summit II held in San Francisco.
2005 APA's Board of Directors adopts the recommendations of the Diversity Task Force report, Increasing Diversity in the Planning Profession.
2005 APA's President appoints the first Diversity Subcommittee, a new sub-committee of the APA Membership Committee, to implement the Task Force recommendations.
2005 APA responds to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina by coordinating pro bono planning assistance throughout the Gulf Coast region.
2006 APA launches webpages to house diversity and social equity resources.