Planning for Equity

APA Illinois Chapter


Thursday, October 5, 2017
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. CDT

Chicago, IL, United States

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This event, brought to you by the APA-IL Diversity Committee in partnership with the APA Chicago Metro Section, the UIC CUPPA Alumni Association, and the UIC Urban Planning and Policy Student Association, will focus on the challenges and best practices for planning in communities of color communities struggling with disinvestment. The panel will include both brief remarks from panelists touching on how planning for equity shapes their work and a discussion of a range of topics related to planning for equity.


  • Ciere Boatright – Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives (CNI)

  • Marcella Bondie Keenan – Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT), Moderator

  • Tameeka Christian – Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Chicago

  • Kim Porter – Regional Transportation Authority (RTA)

  • Elizabeth Scott – Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP)

  • Dawn Thompson – Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT)

3:00 p.m. | Welcome and Panelist Introductions
3:25 p.m. | Moderated Panel Discussion
4:30 p.m. | Q & A
5:00 p.m. | Adjourn & Networking Event

NETWORKING:  Join us after the event for networking and refreshments with students of the Society for Black Urban Planners (SBUP), Latino Planning Organization for Development, Education, and Regeneration (LPODER), and Women in Planning and Public Affairs (WPPA).

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Dawn Thompson

Confirmed Speaker

Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT)

Ciere Boatright

Confirmed Speaker


Marcella Bondie

Confirmed Speaker

Marcella Bondie Keenan, LEED AP, is the Chair of the APA-IL Diversity Committee, and Director of RainReady Home at the Center for Neighborhood Technology. RainReady Home, an initiative that empowers communities to become more resilient to the impacts urban flooding, seeks to address environmental justice and substandard housing issues in ... Read More

Kimberly Porter, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Kimberly Porter, AICP is the Director of Community Development for the Village of Woodridge, Illinois. She previously served as a Manager within the Local Planning & Programming Division at the Regional Transportation Authority. Prior to the RTA, she served as Director of Economic & Community Development for the Village of University Park ... Read More

Tameeka Christian

Confirmed Speaker

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Chicago Read More

Elizabeth Scott, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Elizabeth Scott is an Associate Planner for the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, where she works on housing and economic development planning and policy. She also manages CMAP's work on inclusive growth for ON TO 2050, the Chicago region's next comprehensive plan. Prior to CMAP, Elizabeth worked in ... Read More

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