Privilege – How do we talk, listen, and learn about it? Ethics Session

APA Kansas Chapter


Friday, October 20, 2017
2:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. CDT

CM | 1.50
E | 1.50

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The AICP Code of Ethics directs us to, “seek social justice by working to expand choice and opportunity for all persons, recognizing a special responsibility to plan for the needs of the disadvantaged and to promote racial and economic integration. We shall urge the alteration of policies, institutions, and decisions that oppose such needs.” How do we as planners help our communities become more equitable and just? It might be easy to say “don’t discriminate”, but how do we truly confront discrimination if we do not talk about its flipside, “privilege”.  One side of discrimination is that someone is suffering from an “unearned disadvantage”.  The flipside of discrimination is “privilege” where someone is benefitting from an “unearned advantage”. These are difficult conversations and ones that can make people uncomfortable, uneasy, defensive, or illicit feelings of guilt. In this session we will discuss the role of planners in such conversations and how we can guide such conversations in constructive ways.



Bonnie Johnson, PhD, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Bonnie J. Johnson, PhD, AICP is the Professional Development Officer for the Kansas Chapter of the American Planning Association and Program Director/Associate Professor of Urban Planning in the School of Public Affairs and Administration at the University of Kansas. She teaches planning theory, land use, and politics, planning, and ... Read More

Ward Lyles, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Ward Lyles is Assistant Professor of Urban Planning in the School of Public Affairs and Administration. He teaches courses in sustainable land use planning, research methods, and introductory courses in planning, all with a close eye on engaging with active learning and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). His research investigates ... Read More

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