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, the Short-Range Planning Program, the Active Transportation Program, and the Platinum Planning Program. Current projects he is overseeing include the area's first ever Regional Active Transportation Plan, the Walkability Action Plan, corridor studies, as well as the upcoming regional arterials, and transit plans. Mr. Porter has over ten years of planning experience and has worked in the public, private and nonprofit sectors, as well as with communities of varying scale from small rural towns to dense urban communities. Before CAMPO, Mr. Porter worked for the Houston-Galveston Area Council where he worked as part of the team developing the Regional Transportation Plan and a Regional Sustainable Development Plan, in addition to working on safety programming, sub-regional planning initiatives and healthy communities planning. He also managed multiple land use/transportation studies, two award winning sustainability case studies, and the pedestrian-bicyclist, parks, and floods programs. 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 with an emphasis in Land Use, Environmental Planning and Growth Management from University of Pennsylvania in 2008.
, City of Dallas
Confirmed SpeakerTheresa 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 with responsibility and oversight of a variety of departments including Sustainable Development and Construction, Planning and Urban Design, Transportation Planning, Housing and Community Services, the Office of Fair Housing, the Office of Economic Development, the Department of Aviation and the Convention Center.
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
, New Yirj
Confirmed SpeakerLaToya Nelson Kamdang is a Registered Architect, Certified Interior Designer, and LEED Accredited Professional. She currently works as a Senior Architect & Designer for The Lab at Rockwell Group. She has a range of professional experiences that spans architecture, urban planning, exhibit design, interior design, and industrial design. Latoya was on the Exhibit Design team for the Smithsonian Institute of African American History and Culture and specifically focused on the History Gallery Slavery & Freedom spatial plans from early concept to design development. While working as a contractor at Louis Berger Group for the United States Department of State Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO), she worked in both the interior design and planning department for design, development, and construction of United States Embassies overseas. Latoya is a Visiting Associate Professor at Pratt Institute, where she teaches a variety of courses. Latoya’s research and work has been featured in IIDA Perspectives, Output 11, Proudly Penn, Haas Gallery, Identity and Work, PennDesign. She has a research focus on rapidly expanding developing countries. Her research investigates ideas of context and integrates user centered experience in the process. While a graduate student at University of Pennsylvania she facilitated and organized the Unspoken Borders Conference, which is a symposium that has generated a dialogue on underrepresentation issues of race in the design professions. She is has served as the Vice President of the New York Coalition of Black Architects (NYCOBA), which is the New York Chapter of National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA). While a member of NYCOBA, she organized events that encouraged inclusivity, business growth, and networking. Latoya’s is a passionate advocate for the inclusion of women and minorities in the architecture and design profession. She uses her experience in the profession to expose people of color and African Americans to the profession. Latoya has a Master of Fine Arts degree from George Washington University and a Master of Architecture from University of Pennsylvania School of Design. Ms. Nelson also has a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration and Marketing from Georgetown University.