Cultural Competency: Enhancing Planning's Effectiveness - Part 2

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 | 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
CM | 1.25
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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. 


Kelly Porter , AICP , Capital Area MPO , Austin , TX (see bio)
Theresa O'Donnell , AICP , City of Dallas , Dallas , TX (see bio)
Chelsea St. Louis , AICP , City of Dallas , Dallas , TX (see bio)
Mai Dang , New Orleans , LA (see bio)
Latoya Nelson Kamdang , Rockwell Group , New York , NY (see bio)