The New America - Part 1

APA Texas Chapter


Friday, November 4, 2016
1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. CDT

CM | 1.50
E | 1.50

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This session will teach planners how to address the realities of changing demographics, in both Texas and the nation, that require planning professionals to work from a baseline of racial and cultural competence.  Race is a subject that is typically discussed about indirectly, but there are ways that planners can begin to address race in a more direct, truthful, and substantive manner.  It is the ethical duty of planners to act in the best interest of the public good, which requires a high degree of culture competency. This session will offer a “safe place” to discuss and gain cultural competence skills and best practices that can improve communication, outcomes, and decision making associated with the planning process.  The session will begin with a panel discussion on the mechanics of race which include the social constructs that are race and privilege, the difference between equity and equality, and intersectionality.  The session will then move forward to a discussion of methods planners might use to discuss race and identity as a profession; and how planners can discuss race with the public and incorporate it into fact-based planning decisions.


Isaac Ramirez, AICP

Invited Speaker


Lallen Johnson

Invited Speaker


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Michael McAnelly,