Cultural Competency: Enhancing Planning's Effectiveness - Part 2
You'll learn about:
Why developing emotional intelligence and racial and cultural understanding should be viewed as core professional planning competencies.
How bias and undeveloped cultural competence can impede planning’s effectiveness.
How race and inequality have been analyzed in planning processes and implementation strategies through review of four case studies.
Lessons learned from practitioners about how to integrate race and inequality considerations into fact-based planning.
This session showcases four case studies about how race and inequality have been analyzed and factored into planning processes and implementation strategies. The case studies show racial and cultural competence at three scales; at the regional planning (MPO), city, and neighborhood levels. The case studies consider both reactive and anticipatory planning approaches, and will teach planners how race and inequality can be successfully factored into evidence-based planning.
The planning efforts reviewed are as follows: the Capital Area MPO Demographic Accessibility Assessment Tool, City of Dallas Resiliency, Interdisciplinary Community Based Design in New York, and the Mary Queen of Viet Nam CDC’s approach to community recovery and resiliency in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill.
, Capital Area MPO
Confirmed SpeakerKelly Porter, AICP, is Regional Planning Manager for the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO). In his role with CAMPO, Mr. Porter manages the Regional Transportation Plan, Active Transportation Program, and Platinum Planning Program. He also oversees the Regional Active Transportation Plan, the Walkability Action Plan, corridor studies, as well as the regional arterials, and transit plans. Mr. Porter has over ten years of experience and has worked diligently to incorporate concepts to improve equity, upward mobility, and positive public health outcomes into his planning work. Mr. Porter is active in the leadership of the American Planning Association at the local, state and national levels. Mr. Porter received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from Prairie View A&M University in 2006 and his Masters of City and Regional Planning from University of Pennsylvania in 2008.
, City of Dallas
Confirmed SpeakerTheresa O’Donnell – Chief Resilience Officer Theresa O’Donnell serves as the Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Dallas. In this role, Ms. O’Donnell leads the development and implementation of a robust Resilience Strategy for the City of Dallas within the policy framework of the 100 Resilient Cities Program and Global Network, pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation. Ms. O’Donnell’s long tenure and broad knowledge of land use planning, zoning, development, housing, transportation and city operations provide her the skills necessary to lead this new initiative. Ms. O’Donnell has more than 25 years of experience as a professional planner and has served the City of Dallas since 2003 in a number of roles, most recently as Chief Planning Officer overseeing the Departments of Planning and Urban Design, Transportation Planning, Neighborhood Vitality, Housing and Community Services and the Office of Fair Housing. Her prior positions with the City include Interim Assistant City Manager over Sustainable Development & Construction, Housing & Community Services, and the Department of Aviation. Ms. O’Donnell also served as the Director of Sustainable Development and Construction for more than 10 years.
Chelsea St. Louis
, City of Dallas
Confirmed SpeakerChelsea St. Louis is a transportation planning professional with nearly 10 years of experience in both the private and public sectors. Her work has entailed rapid transit alternatives analyses, NEPA documentation and public involvement for both transit and highway projects, hazard mitigation planning, and innovative financing. Her experience working in diverse communities such as New Orleans, Detroit, Houston, and Dallas have given her a great appreciation for the role that cultural awareness plays in effective planning. Ms. St. Louis is currently a Chief Transportation Planner with the City of Dallas where she is focused on project tracking and coordination with partner agencies such as the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG), Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), and Dallas County. Ms. St. Louis holds a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of New Orleans and a Bachelors in Political Science from Howard University. She currently serves as the Chair of Texas APA Emerging Planning Leaders Programs.
, New Orleans
Confirmed SpeakerMai T. Dang is a Community Development Professional. In her current capacity, Mai manages low income and local hiring initiatives with Urban Strategies, Inc. Prior to join Urban Strategies, Mai worked in affordable housing development and supported regional efforts around neighborhood transformation initiatives with The Community Builders, Inc. Previously Mai served as a Community Organizer for the MQVN Community Development Corporation in New Orleans, LA. In that role she focused on civic engagement and leadership development to advocate for social economic justice and culturally competent long term sustainable development for the Village de’Lest community in New Orleans East Mai is a second generation Vietnamese American woman from Orange County, California. She holds a Master’s in City Planning with a focus in Housing and Community Economic Development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and received her Bachelor’s degree in Women’s Studies from The George Washington University.
Latoya Nelson Kamdang
, Rockwell Group
, New York
Confirmed SpeakerLaToya Nelson Kamdang is a Registered Architect, Certified Interior Designer, and LEED Accredited Professional. Her experience spans architecture, planning, exhibit design, industrial design, and interior design. Latoya worked three years on the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and focused on the space plans from early concept to design development for the Slavery & Freedom Gallery. Latoya worked in the Planning Department at the United States Department of State Overseas Buildings Operations. She worked in both the interior design and planning department for strategic planning, design, development, and construction of United States Embassies overseas. Latoya is also an educator at Pratt Institute, where she teaches design studio. Latoya's work has been featured in IIDA Perspectives, Output 11, Proudly Penn, Haas Gallery, and Identity 2008. She has a research focus on rapidly expanding developing countries and the impacts of rapid neighborhood transition on spatial environments. While at PennDesign Latoya facilitated and organized the Unspoken Borders Conference, which generated a dialogue on under-representation issues in the design professions. She has a MFA from George Washington University, a Master of Architecture from University of Pennsylvania School of Design, and a BS in Business Administration and Marketing from Georgetown University.