2018 National Planning Conference

Strategies Toward Racial Equity in Planning

Monday, April 15, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. PDT

CM | 1.25

Activity Type: Educational Sessions

Activity ID: NPC198174

Location: 2014

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  • Understand and apply key racial equity terms.
  • Apply racial equity strategies to their geographic context.
  • Recognize the essential nature of cross-sector collaboration for success.


Advancing racial equity in a region requires not only the inclusion of a plurality of cities and agencies but also an investment in cross-sector collaboration, the elevation of community voices, and a strategy that addresses policy, process, and the interpersonal/individual role each person plays in both long-range and incremental efforts. During this interactive deep dive session, several San Francisco Bay Area city departments and organizations share racial equity best practices, strategies, barriers and opportunities, based on the Bay Area’s ongoing local and regional efforts. These include city- and department-wide racial equity plans, regional coalition building, philanthropic investment, and policy advocacy to bring racial equity strategies to the center of planning practice. Learn new ways to approach planning, discover how the centering of racial equity in planning and city policy is not only possible but a necessary innovation to solve some of the most challenging issues facing cities and regions. Those issues include displacement, gentrification, economic inequality, criminal justice, health disparities, and more. Apply these lessons to your own contexts in real time through a number of breakout sessions.

Session Speakers

Darlene Flynn
City of Oakland
Oakland, CA

Will Dominie

Danielle DeRuiter-Williams
The Justice Collective
Oakland, CA

Seema G. Adina, AICP
City and County of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA