Voices of Equity in Planning

Equity is a guiding principle for all who participate in the process of planning as advisors, advocates, and decision makers. This video series features the voices of planners who have been centering equity in their work to correct racial injustice, mitigate disparity, and improve the quality of life for marginalized people in all communities.

Videos were made possible by the generous gift of time from members of APA's Social Equity Task Force, appointed in 2018 by then-President Cynthia Bowen, FAICP.

Equity: The Planner's Responsibility

Planners offer a unique perspective on the junction of governmental policy, private interest, and serving the public interest in communities.

Equity Doesn't Happen By Accident

Planners must be aware of the historical structures, institutions, and policies that perpetuate racial inequalities, and organize themselves to resist those structures or risk being complicit in the process.

APA Social Equity Task Force

The Social Equity Task Force was appointed in 2018 to identify ways planning practitioners are struggling with social equity and inclusive growth issues, and to identify actual tools and techniques that could be used — in a variety of settings — to implement effective change in this area.

The group, mobilized under the leadership of Chair Carlton Eley, delivered a comprehensive report to the APA Board of Directors in April 2019. The report was accepted by the Board and referred to APA's Equity Diversity Inclusion Committee for review and integration with APA's existing Diversity and Inclusion Strategy.

APA is grateful to all Task Force members for their contributions to our learning.

APA Social Equity Task Force members Victor Rubin; Marcella Bondie Keenan; Kirk Harris; Susan Wood, AICP; Jess Zimbabwe; Carlton Eley, AICP; Wes Grooms; Cynthia Bowen, FAICP; Jonathan Bell; Kadie Bell Sata, AICP; and Majestic Lane gathered at APA Chicago in January. Photo by Michael Johnson.

APA Social Equity Task Force members Victor Rubin; Marcella Bondie Keenan; Kirk Harris; Susan Wood, AICP; Jess Zimbabwe; Carlton Eley, AICP; Wes Grooms; Cynthia Bowen, FAICP; Jonathan Bell; Kadie Bell Sata, AICP; and Majestic Lane gathered at APA Chicago in 2019. Photo by Michael Johnson.

Social Equity Task Force Members

Carlton C. Eley, MSURP | Chair

Jonathan Pacheco Bell, MAUP, MLIS

Tracey S. Corbitt, AICP

Kimberly Driggins

Georgia Forbes, AICP

Charles "Wes" Grooms, MUP, PhD

Monica Guerra

Kirk E. Harris, MPA, JD, PhD

Marcella Bondie Keenan

Majestic Lane

Mehri Mohebbi

Lynn M. Ross, AICP

Victor Rubin, MCP, PhD

Kadie Bell Sata, AICP

Susan Alice Wood, FAICP

Jess Zimbabwe, AIA, AICP