◣ APA NYM Diversity Committee Vision, Mission & Goals

Vision: More just and equitable communities that enable opportunity, quality of life, and a sense of belonging for all; a more diverse planning profession working together to make this vision a reality.

Mission: To increase diversity and cultural competency within the planning profession and provide a resource for planners of different backgrounds in the New York Metro Area to build meaningful connections and share ideas.

Goals & Objectives:

  1. Foster a safe space and community for planners of varied backgrounds to share experiences, find mentorship, personally/professionally grow, and make deep connections.
  2. Actively address barriers to recruitment and retention of underrepresented peoples in the profession, including but not limited to people of color, women, and LGBTQ-identifying individuals. This includes assisting the national APA’s Diversity Task Force in implementing objectives towards improving diversity, and turning the lens on the planning profession.
  3. Serve as a resource of information on diversity and planning issues, success stories, events, leadership training, workshops, etc., especially for institutions.
  4. Work together with other APA NY Metro committees, sections, and national divisions to ensure that content of programs include diverse voices/panels and cover concepts of equity and inclusivity.

APA NYM Diversity Committee

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Co-Chairs: Tiffany-Ann Taylor & Giovania Tiarachristie