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.
, South Ogden
Confirmed SpeakerAndrea Garfinkel-Castro Garfinkel-Castro is a doctoral student at the University of Utah in City and Metropolitan Planning. As a critical researcher, her work has been to consider the relationship between a mainstream planning profession and minority communities, particularly for Latinos. Recognizing that a strong place-based identity cuts across virtually all ethnoracial groups, she asks what it means to be a minority living, working, and playing in places that have been shaped mainly by a group of people who hold vastly different values, beliefs, lifestyles and aesthetics. 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
, Salt Lake City
Confirmed SpeakerOriginally from Puerto Rico, Dr. Garcia is an urban planner with a long history of working with and for low-income communities throughout the nation including Albuquerque, New Mexico, the San Francisco bay Area, Washington, D.C. and Chicago. Ivis is currently a professor at the University of Utah in City and Metropolitan Planning as well as a planning commissioner in Salt Lake City. Her work addresses the problems of uneven development, as well as grassroots organizing and community development. She is especially interested in facilitating the integration of racialized and ethnic groups into democratic planning processes.