Diversity

The objective of the Diversity Committee is to coordinate Section activities to meet diversity goals, educate members to better serve diverse communities, and align Section membership diversity with California’s demographic trends.  Three main programs comprise the focus of the Diversity committee:

1. Ambassador Program

Fremont High Students Working on an excercise Northern Section’s Ambassador Program is a hybrid of the National APA’s program that provides information to university students about careers in Planning, and the InterPlan program by the Urban Land Institute that conducts a 3-week course in high schools where students go through an exercise that involves responding to an RFP for development of a depressed area.

The project goal is to promote understanding of planning processes among high school students by conducting informational sessions on careers in planning. The program is intended to increase section diversity and intergenerational mentorship while raising the profile of the planning profession across the Bay Area’s schools.

The Diversity Committee intends to develop a pool of experienced Planning professional who can volunteer their time to talk about the Planning field and provide information to high school students about potential careers in the Planning field. In addition, The Committee will develop a pool of high school counselors who would work with the Section and provide logistical support.

Past high school participants include: Emeryville High School in Emeryville, Fremont High School and Castlemont High School in Oakland, and Santa Rosa High School in Santa Rosa.

Ways to get involved

We are seeking professionals with an interest in talking to high school students about the Planning profession, academic and career opportunities. Please email Miroo Desai at mdesai@emeryville.org or Cindy Ma at ms.cindyma@gmail.com if you are interested in participating in the Ambassador program or finding out more information. We are also looking for contacts with high school counselors in the Bay area who would be interested in participating in the Ambassador program.

Supported Programs:

Envision Tomorrow, with UC Berkeley

The Diversity Committee is committed to supporting programs that introduce Urban Planning to high school students. To this extent, the Diversity Committee is proud to be one of the sponsors of “ Envision Tomorrow”.

“Envision Tomorrow” is a 4 month professional development program organized by University of California Berkeley for high school students in Martinez. The purpose is to increase university attendance of underrepresented students by introducing them to careers base on the “built environment”.

2.  Lending Library

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The Diversity Committee has created a small lending library that includes books and audio visual materials that focus on planning issues as they impact communities of color and promote diversity in the Planning profession.

A list of the lending library materials will be up soon!

Please contact Miroo Desai (mdesai@emeryville.org) if you are interested in borrowing from the library.

 

3. Planners of Color Mixer

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The Diversity Committee organizes Planners of Color social mixers every quarter. If you are interested in receiving email notice of these events or have ideas for events and activities, please contact Miroo Desai or Cindy Ma.

Photos of past social mixers coming soon!

The objective of the Diversity Committee is to coordinate Section activities to meet diversity goals, educate members to better serve diverse communities, and align Section membership diversity with California’s demographic trends.

 

4. Highlight Event of 2014

Diversity Committee organized a talk by James Rojas on “Front Porch Urbanism: How Latino Urbanism is Transforming the Built Environment” at the ABAG office in Oakland on October 29th, 2014. You can watch a video- recording of the talk at http://youtu.be/Wox9oYMUul4

Place It! founder James Rojas holds an MA in City Planning and an MS in Architecture Studies from MIT. He works as a city and transportation planner, and is the founder of the Latino Urban Forum, a non-profit dedicated to increasing awareness of planning and design issues facing low-income Latinos. He has written and lectured extensively about how culture and immigration are transforming the American front yard and landscape, and, through Place It!, has organized an impressive number of on-site model installations and interactive workshops.

 

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