Exploring White Privilege in Planning through the Racial Color Line

APA Minnesota Chapter


Thursday, September 28, 2017
10:30 a.m. - noon CDT

CM | 1.50

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How we plan, whether through influencing public policies, shaping organizational practices, or sustaining cultural beliefs about what constitutes a good city, may yield inequity among diverse community members and be informed by bias. This presentation will present research to help planners understand how these systems have developed throughout planning history and discuss strategies to foster a genuine conversation about race that works towards equity for all community members. We will deal with the concepts of white privilege, structural racism, internalized racism, bias, color blindness, intersectionality, and white fragility among others to develop a reflection about the future of race in urban planning. 

Attendees will get the following learning objectives from this session: 

Workshop/Hands-on Training: Attendees will participate in an unpacking your white privilege exercise which will ask them to consider their racial identity in relation to their work and their community. 

Interdisciplinary: Attendees will be exposed to research in urban and planning history as well as conceptual frameworks from critical race theory to consider how race matters in their work and communities. 

Innovation: Attendees will be exposed to racial literacy which can benefit their outreach efforts and cultural competency in an ever complex and emergent field of planning practice where people of color and immigrant communities represent important stakeholders in the planning process. 


Eriks Dunens

Eriks Dunens is a Statewide Extension Educator with a focus on curriculum development. He has experience in process design, participatory engagement, program development, and communications Read More

Fernando Burga

Fernando Burga is an assistant professor for the Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) degree program. His research deals with equity in urban planning particularly in relation to the incorporation of immigrants and food systems planning. Read More

Contact Info

Jane Kansier, janeka@bolton-menk.com