Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Upholding Equity in Planning: A Workshop for Advancing Urban Planning Principles

APA Florida and its EDI Committee are hosting the workshop with financial support from the APA’s Chapter Presidents Council. Created and led by Castillo Consulting Partners, the workshop will review how racism and other systemic biases have created inequitable outcomes for society’s most vulnerable populations and communities, as well as how these inequalities directly affect planning practice.

The workshop focuses on planners’ tools and strategies to address disparities and increase equity and inclusion in planning agencies and in the communities they serve. The workshop provides the framework and resources for planners to take action to create more equitable and just communities. 

May Events

Webinar on May 17 @ noon | 1.5 CM

Drawing especially from New Urbanism, Rabbi Dr. Abraham Unger, a Rabbi who has worked in the urban economic development space for over a decade, will explore this fast-growing aspect of housing and commercial growth while also acknowledging historic Jewish approaches to planning. Rabbi Unger’s presentation will be approximately 45-minutes.

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Webinar: May 25 @ 3 pm | 1.5 CM

To commemorate Asian-American Pacific Islander Heritage Month the committee will host a webinar Addressing Gentrification and Displacement to Preserve AAPI Communities

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Planner to Leader: A Mid-Career Bootcamp

The American Planning Association-Florida Chapter’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Committee will be hosting a pre-conference workshop at the Florida Planning Conference to help diverse mid-career planners achieve leadership positions and professional growth.  The workshop will feature Florida’s planning leaders, directors, and managers from diverse backgrounds providing strategies, resources, and reflections to help attendees advance in their careers.  

APA Florida Opposes Any Legislation That Hinders an Honest Reassessment of Institutional Inequities

APA Florida, with support of our Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee, is opposed to legislation that fails to recognize and honor the dignity and freedoms of Floridians.

Our professional Code of Ethics calls on planners to urge the alteration of policies, institutions, and decisions that do not help meet their community's needs.

Today, APA Florida joined organizations throughout Florida in strongly urging state leaders to reject legislation that would hinder our ability to recognize and remedy institutional bias, exclusion, and inequity.

APA Florida & EDI Committee Statement Supporting the Jewish Community

APA Florida and its Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee strongly condemn all acts of violence, hatred, and bigotry, including the disturbing rise of public acts of antisemitism in Florida communities. As stated in the AICP Code of Ethics, planners must seek social justice and shall work to achieve social and racial equity.

APA Florida Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee

The Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Committee was created in 2019 to help develop a strategic diversity and inclusion plan for the Chapter, as directed by the member-adopted 2020 Strategic Operational Plan.  After completing a member survey, the EDI Committee created the Chapter EDI Strategy, which includes an overview of member needs and perspectives and corresponding implementation tasks. APA’s Latinos and Planning Division, Planning and the Black Community Division, LGBTQ and Planning Division, and Women and Planning Division reviewed the draft Chapter EDI Strategy, which benefited from their expertise and comments. The Chapter EDI Strategy  was approved by the Chapter’s Executive Committee in March 2021 and guides the EDI Committee’s initiatives. Download the Chapter EDI Strategy and an implementation update.


Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Survey Insights: Listening to You Forum

APA Florida’s Equity, Diversion and Inclusion (EDI) Committee is a convener and connector to engage and empower APA Florida members to act collectively and individually as change agents in service to people facing discrimination, marginalization, and exclusion. 

The EDI Committee launched a survey to better understand the intersection of experiences and work of planners in Florida in relation to equity, diversity and inclusion. APA Florida expects to use the survey results as a means to initiate broader conversations and inform specific actions improving how a diverse profession serving diverse communities actively works to eliminate unconscious bias and systemic discrimination. This online forum includes:

  • Presentation of survey results
  • Panel discussion on survey insights; and
  • Interactive discussion of ongoing concerns and the path forward.
Please watch the forum (embedded above) to learn about the findings and lend your voice to the effort to create a more equitable, more diverse, and more inclusive planning community in Florida.

APA’s Righting the Wrongs of Racial Inequality Statement

APA Florida supports APA’s statement on Righting the Wrongs of Racial Inequality and its call “to stand in solidarity with communities of color nationwide at this painful time,” including Black planners and communities in Florida. 

Resources

Want to learn more or get more information about equity, diversity and inclusion in the workplace? 

The EDI Committee has created a resource list with links to books, news articles, podcasts and more.  Review and download the list below. 

More EDI Videos

Indigenous Planning and PlaceKnowing Shifting the Conversation

 Theodore (Ted) Jojola, PhD, is a Distinguished Professor and Regents’ Professor in the Community & Regional Planning Program, School of Architecture + Planning, University of New Mexico (UNM). Watch our discussion on Indigenous Planning and PlaceKnowing: Shifting the Conversation here

Equitable Public Engagement Strategies

APA Florida Planning Conference 2020 session on equity planning and public engagement. Watch the session recording here

Let's Talk About Privilege

APA Florida Planning Conference 2020 session that provides tools for planners to guide conversations in constructive ways, provide strategies for avoiding pitfalls, and showcase activities that can help people understand their own and others' life experiences. Watch the session recording here

Engaging and Joining Inclusive Dialogue

The intent of this panel is to explore organizational roles and responsibilities to engage and sustain inclusive dialogue and open discussion with black professionals about their experiences and practices. Watch the video here

Honoring Asian American - Pacific Islander Heritage Month

APA Florida's EDI committee presents this interview with Susan P. Ajoc, AICP, FCP, Community Services Director for the City of St. Petersburg and her sister, Stephanie A. Thoburn, AICP, Asst. Director of Planning and Zoning for the Town of Jupiter. They will discuss their experiences with equity, diversity and inclusion in honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Watch the video here

Women in Planning: Working with Remote or Hybrid Teams | APA Florida Sun Coast Section

A part of the Sun Coast Section of APA FL’s ongoing Women in Planning webinar series; this session will explore working and delivering high-quality planning services in remote or hybrid teams and what that means for our professional lives. This session will cover career development-related topics of work-life balance, management of remote personnel, and project management of teams that may include remote members. Watch the video here

Queer & the Conversation: Full Inclusion

This ethics course is based on "Safe Zone" training provided by the Center for Sexuality and Gender Diversity at the University of Kansas. The purpose of this training is to reduce homophobia, transphobia, and heterosexism and thereby create safer and freer environments for all members of our communities, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Watch the video here. 

Hispanic Heritage Month - A Planner Story Series

On Oct. 14, the committee is hosted a webinar, Mi Barrio - A Planner Story, a discussion with Hispanic/Latinx planners about their personal and workplace experiences, the importance of their heritage, and the unique viewpoints and insights that they bring to the table in the planning world. Watch the webinar here

Hispanic Heritage Month | A Planner Story | Luis Nieves-Ruiz

In commemoration of the Hispanic Heritage Month, the Florida APA Florida EDI Committee is spotlighting Hispanic Planners. Hear their stories, successes and challenges within the planning community. This week’s planner spotlight is Luis Nieves-Ruiz. Watch the video here

Hispanic Heritage Month | A Planner Story | Abismael Abreu

In commemoration of the Hispanic Heritage Month, the Florida APA Florida EDI Committee is spotlighting Hispanic Planners. Hear their stories, successes and challenges within the planning community. This week’s planner spotlight is Abismael Abreu. Watch the video here

Hispanic Heritage Month | A Planner Story | Silvia Vargas

In commemoration of the Hispanic Heritage Month the Florida APA Florida EDI Committee is spotlighting Hispanic Planners. Hear their stories, successes and challenges within the planning community. This week’s planner spotlight is Silvia Vargas. Watch the video here

Hispanic Heritage Month | A Planner Story | Jennifer Rangel

In commemoration of the Hispanic Heritage Month the Florida APA Florida EDI Committee is spotlighting Hispanic Planners. Hear their stories, successes and challenges within the planning community. This week’s planner spotlight is Jennifer Rangel. Watch the video here


Mission Statement

APA Florida celebrates equity, diversity, and inclusiveness and believe we can accomplish more through a genuine and authentic partnership with others and promote a commitment to excellence in service to Florida’s communities. We strive to make our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion integral to our organizational structure, policies, committees, staff, sponsors, goals, and vision. We want to engage people of all backgrounds and experiences and seek to foster a culture of respect, openness, learning, integrity, honesty and a sense of fun.


Contact the EDI

Want to join the EDI or have a question for them? Contact them here.