Doing the Right Thing: Ethical Practices for a Diverse Population - Closing Plenary Session
Wednesday, October 1, 2014, midnight
Thursday, January 1, 2015, 1 a.m. PST
CM | 1.50
E | 1.50
As outlined in the AICP code of ethics, our primary responsibility as planners is to serve the public interest. We must deal fairly with all participants in the planning process. As the demographics in California change, planners must now consider race, culture, language, and even gender when interacting with the public. This session will examine the challenges planners in California face related to our diverse population and the importance of being fair and just in providing information and making recommendations and decisions. Today, planners must consider how zoning definitions, urban design guidelines, and land use decisions are framed by diverse cultural practices. The panel will provide examples and insight regarding issues that arise when dealing with the ever changing cultural landscape of our great State. Participants will interact with panel members as real world examples are presented and discussed that highlight the importance of understanding the needs of our diverse population. The interaction planners have with the public must reflect the profession’s ethical commitment to social justice and ethical planning practice. This session will help planners understand their responsibility and role in planning for the needs of the disadvantaged and the promotion of racial and economic integration.