APA Latinos and Planning Division


Tuesday, September 17, 2019
2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. EDT

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The Latinos and Planning Division (LAP) of APA, founded in 2007, has worked to spearhead the discourse on justice in the city through an integration of the Latino narrative in the building and planning of communities in the U.S. A primary tool for this effort has been the use of “Diálogos.”  

The original purpose behind all the Diálogos was to set a national agenda for planning for Latinos in the U.S. and to become a tool for Latino planners. We have learned that Diálogos are an effective tool to formulate a more authentic planning process, that starts where planning should always start: listening to the needs and aspirations of the people we aim to serve.

Diálogos represent a bottom-up approach that allows the voices of communities to be heard, and intend to bring them to the planning table. Through participatory planning processes Diálogos engage Latinos in an authentic reflection of their actual needs and aspirations, emphasizing their engagement with and contribution to the communities where they live.

Learning Objectives

  1. Attendants will learn about some of the best practice techniques in building a dialogue with Latino communities.

  2. They will learn about key issues that practitioners should consider when engaging with Latino communities.

  3. Presenters will discuss lessons that leaders in the Latinos and Planning (LAP) Division have learned after 12 years since the founding of LAP.

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, september 16, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. CST.

For registration questions e-mail confregistration@planning.org or call 312-334-1250.


Irayda Ruiz Bode, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Fifteen years of international profesional experience working in more than twelve countries including the US, Latin America and Euro Asia. Senior planning and infrastructure consultant of development projects financed by the international institutions such as the World Bank, Inter-american Development Bank, and German Development Bank -KfW- among others. Her main ... Read More

Virginia Carrasco

Confirmed Speaker

She holds both a Master's degree in Urban Planning and a Bachelor's of Science in Renewable Natural Resources from Texas A&M University in College Station. Vicky has experience in land use planning, climatechange issues, community response and adaptation to climate change, natural resources, and sustainability. Her primary ... Read More

Cecilia Giusti

Confirmed Speaker

Cecilia H. Giusti is Associate Dean in the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University, where she is also Associate Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning. Her Ph.D. is from the University of Texas at Austin; M.A. from the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague. The Netherlands; and Bachelor and professional degrees from the Catholic University, Lima Peru. In 2002 she was selected as a HUD Urban Scholar getting funding to ... Read More

Contact Info

Edna Ledesma, ednaledesma@gmail.com