APA Diversity Resources

APA offers a variety of resources related to its diversity initiative. Those resources, which include books, reports, presentations, and conference proceedings, are now permanently housed here. Be sure to visit this page regularly as new resources will be added as they become available.


The selected titles are available from APA.

Planning in the Face of Conflict

Crime and Planning

Planning and Community Equity

National Conference

APA's annual National Planning Conference offers a host of sessions and workshops focused on issues of diversity.

Planning magazine*

The Black Mecca 50 Years Later
January 2014
Did black Atlanta get to the promised land?

Diversity and Aging in America
March 2013
Shifting demographics provide a new opportunity for planning leadership.

Six Predictions for the New Year
January 2012
Here's my good news-bad news forecast for 2012.

New in Town
January 2012
Ethnic diversity enriches the LA suburbs.

A Bumpy Road
January 2008
The challenges of naming streets for Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Right to Transportation
January 2008
An excerpt from a new Planners Press book addresses the equity question.

La Vida Local
March 2008
Fed up with federal inaction, America's small towns and large cities are finding ways to deal with a flood of immigrants — including many who are undocumented.

Good Fences
May 2008
Communities along the U.S.–Mexico border are struggling with the new realities of homeland security.

Return to Trinidad
July 2008
A planner's first-person narrative.

* For APA members and Planning magazine subscribers

Planning Advisory Service Reports

Published eight times a year, PAS Reports provide a thorough yet succinct knowledgebase for planning professionals. PAS Reports analyze current practice, offer practical advice, and include real-world examples you can adapt for use in your community.

  • Cities in Transition: A Guide for Practicing Planners (No. 568)
  • A Planners Guide to Community and Regional Food Planning: Transforming Food Environments, Facilitating Healthy Eating (No. 554)
  • Equal Opportunity: Selected Statements from Planning Publications (No. 224)
  • Migratory Labor Camps in the Community (No. 93)
  • Modernizing State Planning Statutes: The Growing Smart Working Papers, Vol. 2 (No. 480/481)
  • Planning, Women, and Change (No. 301)
  • Programs for Inner-City Communities: An Annotated Bibliography (No. 249)
  • Social Planning and City Planning (No. 261)
  • The Planning Agency and the Black Community: A Workshop Report (No. 274)
  • Urban Indicators: Their Role in Planning (No. 281)
  • Youth Participation in Community Planning (No. 486)
  • Women in Planning: A Report on Their Status in Public Planning Agencies (No. 273)

Learn more and purchase PAS Reports

APA Divisions and Diversity

APA Divisions connect you with other planning professionals who share your passions, your challenges, and your experiences. They provide opportunities to strengthen your career and advance your vision for the profession. Although all APA divisions are committed to promoting diversity and equity within local communities as well as the field, five APA divisions specifically focus on planning issues that concern special populations.

Learn more about APA Divisions

The Gays and Lesbians in Planning

The Gays and Lesbians in Planning (GALIP) 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

The Latinos and Planning Divisions 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

The 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

The 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.

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.

Most chapters offer an annual conference, educational workshops, AICP exam preparation courses, and a newsletter. Many chapters also conduct legislative programs, sponsor planning commissioner training workshops, and conduct public information campaigns.

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.

At the 2006 APA National Planning Conference, representatives from several chapters shared their accomplishments. Learn more by downloading the presentations from the Encouraging Diversity at the Chapter Level session:

California Chapter (ppt)

National Capital Area Chapter (ppt)

Virginia Chapter (ppt)

In the coming months APA will begin posting profiles of these chapter activities. The purpose of these profiles will be to highlight the good work already underway as well as to inspire other creative approaches.

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.