Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

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The APA Florida Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. 

On Oct. 14, the committee is hosting 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. Register here

The committee also created four videos spotlighting Hispanic planners. Hear their stories, successes, and challenges within the planning community. Watch the videos here.

APA Florida & EDI Committee Statement on Supporting the AAPI Community

APA Florida and its Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee stand with the Asian, Asian American, & Pacific Islander (AAPI) community in condemning the recent brutal act of violent intolerance in Georgia that left eight people dead, six of them women of Asian descent.  This is one of many incidents reported across the country in which AAPI people have suffered abuse, harassment, assault, and other violence. Many AAPI women are targeted with both racist and sexist behaviors. This is unacceptable, and we must work together to end it.

As planners, we have a responsibility to further equity, diversity and inclusion in the communities where we live and work to help make them safer and more livable for all people. Please visit https://anti-asianviolenceresources.carrd.co/ to access tools to help fight hate and intolerance, support AAPI communities, and become a better ally through resources like www.ihollaback.org/bystanderintervention.  Let’s understand and embrace our differences and become allies with and for groups of people who find themselves targets of hate.

Aug. 5 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. 

Earlier this year, 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 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. 


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.  Download it here. (downloads as a .pdf) List was updated on March 30, 2021

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.

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.