Planning for and with Racially and Ethnically Diverse Communities
You'll learn about:
Key demographic characteristics and settlement patterns of African-Americans, Latinos, Asians, and other groups in the United States
The challenges and opportunities that minorities face in housing, economic development, and transportation.
Mainstream planning discourses on how to better include, engage, and represent growing populations of minorities in planning processes.
The panel begins by showing how we are becoming a majority-minority nation, and discusses emerging patterns such as segregation, gentrification, suburbanization and so on. Utilizing a number of cities around the U.S., the panel then expands to explore issues facing minorities in neighborhoods, cities, and metro areas, and seeks to address the distinctive needs of various minority groups. While minorities face the persistent issues of low wages, housing affordability, public transportation access, and political representation, this panel will show how a number of minority groups have embraced and support progressive planning initiatives such as mixed-use, transit-oriented, and walkable development. Innovative methods need to be made more familiar to planners in order to better engage diverse populations that, while coming to represent the majority, remain nonetheless underrepresented in planning projects nationwide.
, University of Utah
, South Ogden
Confirmed SpeakerAndrea Garfinkel-Castro is a doctoral candidate in the Metropolitan Planning, Policy and Design program at the University of Utah. Her dissertation research considers the ways in which planners adapt to the changing needs of communities in the face of changing demographics. Her dissertation focuses specifically on planning culture and the tacit, normative knowledge that planners use in everyday practice. This work engages with other research and conversations focused on the current paradigm shift within planning of moving away from a culture of universal standards to a culture of pluralistic, context sensitivity. She earned a master’s degree in urban and environmental planning at Arizona State University in 2010 with a thesis focusing on the Latino cultural landscape and planners’ attitudes.
Confirmed SpeakerDeirdre Pfeiffer, AICP, is an Associate Professor in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University. Her expertise includes housing strategies to meet the needs of America’s aging and diversifying population, the outcomes of the recent U.S. Great Recession and foreclosure crisis, public participation in planning, community well-being, and the relationship between urban growth and racial equity. Her current research appears in Journal of the American Planning Association, Journal of Planning Education and Research, Housing Studies, and Housing Policy Debate.
Ivis Garcia Zambrana
, University of Utah
, Salt Lake City
Confirmed SpeakerOriginally from Puerto Rico, Ivis Garcia Zambrana is an Assistant Professor in City and Metropolitan Planning (CMP) and a Planning Commissioner in Salt Lake City. Her philosophy, methodology and ethos revolve around conducting research and plans in partnership with both grassroots and government stakeholders. She has spent time as a professional planner in Albuquerque, New Mexico, San Francisco, California, Springfield, Missouri, Washington, D.C., and Chicago.