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Diversity encompasses, but is not limited to, ethnicity, class, gender, age, sexual orientation, ability, educational attainment, spiritual beliefs, creed, culture, tribal affiliation, nationality, immigration status, political beliefs, and veteran status. With greater diversity, we can be more creative, effective, and just, and bring more varied perspectives, experiences, backgrounds, talents, and interests to the practice of planning and the communities we serve. We recognize that achieving diversity and inclusion is an evolutionary process that requires an ongoing renewal of our commitment.
Join Daniel Lim and Giovania Tiarachristie as they explore how inequity, exclusion, and lack of diversity are socially created. This three-part series explores specific concepts and skills that planners can use to promote diversity, inclusion, and equity in planning contexts.
PART I: INTRODUCTION TO DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
Review how inequity, exclusion, and lack of diversity are socially created and learn about using the systems model of oppression to understand various manifestations of social injustice.
- Differentiate between race and ethnicity, and sex and gender
- Understand the current vocabulary of inclusionary planning
- Learn how power and privilege in the context of historical and ongoing planning decisions and policies perpetuate social injustice
- Differentiate between equity and equality
PART II: DEVELOPING SOCIAL JUSTICE INTERVENTIONS IN PLANNING
Explore specific skills that planners can use to promote diversity, inclusion, and equity in planning contexts. Develop social justice intervention skills such as equity-impact design, asset-based planning in communities of color, empathetic communication, and conflict resolution.
- Identify components of social justice
- Define five major social justice issues in planning
- Use tools and strategies to address inequity in planning
PART III: KNOWLEDGE CHECK
Work through planning-related scenarios and apply the skills you just learned to develop an intervention that promotes social justice.