Addressing Cultural Divides

APA Latinos and Planning Division


Tuesday, August 13, 2019
2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. EDT

CM | 1.50

Add to My Log


Lack of information in Spanish and cultural divides often keep Latinos away from the public planning process. Whether it be challenging schedules, fear of the system, or cultural and linguistic divides, engagement with Latino communities is very weak or non-existent in many places. How can we better connect with Latino communities in the cities we work with to ensure they are an active voice in decision-making?

Bilingual Latino planners are enriched with the important language skills to bridge the gap between the planning process and the Latino communities we work in, and connect with communities in a more than superficial way. Latino planners are often asked to translate a phrase or planning term for a project or program, but Latino planners are more than just translators, and can serve an important role in leading and redesigning Latino cultural engagement techniques. How can we use our bilingual language skills to better connect the planning process to the communities we work in?

Learning Objectives

  1. Attendees will learn about cultural and linguistic divides that keep Latinos from participating more actively in the planning and decision-making process.

  2. Attendees will learn about ways to better engage Latino, whether by rethinking the engagement process, the outreach process, the language used, and style.

  3. Latino planners will learn about how to best use their Spanish language skills to serve as more than just translators, but as creators of new engagement strategies targeting the cultural nuances of our Latino communities.

Webinar fee

  • Join the Latinos and Planning Division before registering and your webinar is FREE!
  • Individual rate (one person/registration fee per computer): FREE for PLD member; $30 non-member.
  • Group rate (one registration fee allows any number of people to watch from one computer): $140


Online registration will close on Monday, august 12, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. CST.

For registration questions e-mail or call 312-334-1250.



Diana Ponce De Leon

Confirmed Speaker

Diana Bernal Ponce De León is a project manager for the Office of Economic and Workforce Development’s Invest In Neighborhoods team and has been with the City of San Francisco for six years. She oversees the implementation of economic development strategies in six neighborhoods, including several cultural districts like ... Read More

Kevin Gurley, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Kevin Gurley is a Hispanic planner from Miami. He is currently a Principal Planner at MTA New York City Transit and Communications Co-Chair in the APA Latinos and Planning Division. He has experience in both the public and private sectors working on projects in various cities, from Monterrey (Mexico) to ... Read More

Diana Gonzalez

Confirmed Speaker

Diana Gonzalez has been a Regional Planner with the Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning (DRP) for 3 years. She has spent most of her time at DRP serving the unincorporated community of East Los Angeles. This has provided her with daily on-the-ground experience in working with a community ... Read More

Contact Info

Edna Ledesma,