APA-Wisconsin's 2018 Conference in Madison

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A Three-Day Workshop

Learn real world tactics for embedding equity in your professional work. 

This workshop aims to take participants from passive allyship to being active accomplices in dismantling oppressive structures and institutions.

December 3-5, 2020

COST: $50
LOCATION: virtual via Zoom

Seats are limited. Registration ends November 26, 2020 at 11:59 pm.


Details, including pre-reading and links to join Zoom meetings and webinars, will be sent to registered attendees prior to the event.

Can’t attend or want to help someone who is experiencing hardship? Donate a registration for someone to participate in this wonderful workshop! Just click on the registration button below and select the "donate" ticket.

Are you experiencing a hardship? As we receive donations for registration fees, we will be noticing those who indicated they’d like to participate with a hardship fee waiver. Those selected will be noticed by November 26th. Please email dei_officer@ilapa.org to indicate your need for a fee waiver.

Day 1: December 3, 2020 - Historic Context of Racism, Oppression & the Field of Planning

  • Increase awareness of historical issues

  • Connect planning w/systemic issues

10:00 am Opening Remarks

10:45 am Break

11:00 am Session One

12:00 pm Lunch Break

1:00 pm Session One

3:00 pm End of Day One

Day 2: December 4, 2020 - Effectively Engaging Marginalized & Traumatized Community Members

  • Understand power & role of planners

  • Tools for overcoming mistrust & frustration

10:00 am Keynote 1

10:45 am Break

11:00 am Session

12:00 pm Lunch Break

1:00 pm Session

3:00 pm End of Day Two

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm APA WI/IL Panel -“Undoing Harm: The Role of APA and Planners in the Fight for Social Justice” (optional event open to all)

Day 3: December 5, 2020 - Disrupting Institutional Biases in Planning Workplaces

  • Identify personal & institutional biases

  • Tools for disrupting biases at work

10:00 am Session Three

1:00 pm End of Session Three

Workshop Learning Objectives:

  1. Increase awareness about historical and present day events, policies and practices that have shaped the planning profession and created inequities, fostering disparities in communities, often using planning tools to uphold racism and oppression

  2. Help participants understand the role that planners can play in addressing historical harms, and actively work against the furthering of systemic biases and oppression through effective community engagement in planning processes

  3. Give participants practical tools that can be used to uplift community needs and disrupt institutional biases in their workplaces

Meeting the Trainers: Castillo Consulting Partners

La Mikia Castillo is Co-Founder & Principal of Castillo Consulting Partners, a firm that is dedicated to empowering diverse leaders to use their voices for change. La Mikia, whose work in the public, private and nonprofit sectors has spanned from education and economic justice, to public health, environmental justice, child welfare and juvenile justice, has over two decades of experience in leadership development, diversity, equity & inclusion, strategic planning, design thinking, grassroots community organizing, youth engagement, policy advocacy and systems change. A commitment to social justice, racial equity and social change permeates each aspect of her personal and professional life.

In her consulting work, La Mikia supports organizations with developing, implementing and assessing data-driven strategies, designs and facilitates leadership development trainings, and moderates difficult conversations around racism, bias, exclusion and inequity. Her expertise lies in helping organizations effectively embed diversity, equity & inclusion into their leadership, policies, practices, and procedures so they can best support and retain their people.

La Mikia is Afro-Latina, was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles, with roots in Panama. She was a first generation college student who, with the support of family and community members, leveraged educational opportunities to lift herself out of poverty and forge a different future for her family. La Mikia resides in Los Angeles with her husband/partner, Daniel, their beloved son, Justice, and energetic dog, Ginger. She holds Bachelor’s Degrees in Ethnic Studies and Urban Studies & Planning from UC San Diego, dual Master’s Degrees in Public Policy and Urban Planning, and Certificates in Public Management, Political Management and Real Estate from the University of Southern California, where she now serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Sol Price School of Public Policy. She also teaches Black, Latino and Latin American Relations courses in the Pan-African Studies Department at Cal State University Los Angeles. Her personal life experiences and faith encourage her passion for seeking justice and promoting policy changes that will make it possible for all communities to thrive.

Daniel P. Castillo is a Los Angeles Native who brings over 15 years of creative strategic planning and creative programming, two decades of community organizing and coalition building, several years of leadership development in the juvenile justice, education and creative arts sectors, along with diversity, equity & inclusion consulting experience to the team. His work spans from graphic design, filmmaking, brand and marketing consulting, to education, curriculum development, community organizing and leadership development with systems-impacted youth.

Daniel supports organizations with developing creative arts programming, advises on creative content, campaigns, and event promotions, and develops youth community organizing, anti-bias curriculum and stakeholder engagement strategies. Prior to becoming a consultant, Daniel was a founding member of the Social Justice Learning Institute (SJLI) in Inglewood, CA, where he served as the Educational Equity Programs Director. Daniel completed his tenure at SJLI as the Creative Arts and Youth Empowerment Director, where he developed and implemented creative arts programming that utilized arts and community storytelling as an instrument to help youth and community members find alternatives and positive outlets to explore and reshape the dominant narratives told about them. As both the Educational Equity Programs Director and Creative Arts Director at SJLI, Daniel led his teams in creating anti-racism and anti-bias curricula and supplemental materials that they used to train teachers, school administrators, program leads, and youth in an effort to increase awareness and call everyone to action in the struggle for equity and change.

A first generation college graduate, Daniel holds a Master’s Degree in Global Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary, a Bachelor’s Degree in Video Production and Digital Filmmaking from the Art Institute of California, and an Associate’s Degree in Graphic Design from Westwood College of Technology. He is Co-Founder & Principal of Castillo Consulting Partners, and resides in Los Angeles with his wife La Mikia, their son, Justice, and their dog, Ginger. Daniel is also a producer and engineer for three podcasts, Hood Digest, Connectopod, and South Central Rooted, and is involved in a host of other creative arts spaces as he works to empower communities of color to use the arts as a means to reshape narratives about who they are and what they are capable of achieving in a world that often devalues them.

About Us

The Wisconsin Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA-WI) and the Illinois Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA-IL) are two of the 47 state chapters of the APA. State chapters provide a valuable local connection that provides professionals with

  • Professional development and continuing education

  • Leadership opportunities

  • Networking with peers

  • Planning commissioner training workshops

  • Public information campaigns

  • Legislative programs

  • Scholarships

  • Awards

Interested in membership with the American Planning Association or the Illinois or Wisconsin chapters? Please click on the links below to learn more!

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Note: Not all events listed on this page offer AICP CM credits. For a full list of past and future events sepcifically available for CM credits click here.

Thank you to one of our generous sponsors, Cedar Corporation. 


Upcoming Events

Planning Webcast Consortium's:
Planning Webcast Series
Various Dates

Earn over 50 CM credits every year on your computer – at no cost to members of participating APA chapters and divisions that support the Planning Webcast Consortium. 

See the link above for upcoming topics:

The Challenge and the Opportunity: Enhancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Urban Planning

The Challenge and the Opportunity: Enhancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Urban Planning - Nov 13

This event has been approved for 2 AICP CM credits. 

Please join us for an event with Kendra Smith, Ph.D., author of the 2019 American Planning Association report, "More and Better: Increasing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Planning." Dr. Smith will speak and lead an interactive session about the concepts of diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as the legacy of racism in urban planning and policy and how this can be seen and felt today.

In this interactive talk, we will discuss the habits of mind and practical actions that help planners create meaningful diversity and actively work toward equity and inclusion within their organizations and in planning outcomes.      


2:00–3:00 Introductions, presentation, Q&A, break

3:00–4:00 Small group discussion, debrief, next steps, closure 

Learning outcomes:

1. Participants will understand the concepts of diversity, equity, and inclusion in planning organizations. Each concept is unique, and they contribute different things to planning organizations and processes.

2. Participants will understand the legacy of racism in urban planning and policy and remnants of such actions that can be seen and felt today.

3. Participants will analyze and apply DE&I principles to urban planning

This event is co-hosted by the Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture at the University of Wisconsin–Madison with the Wisconsin Student Planning Association and the Urban and Regional Planning Alumni Relations Council

Click Here for Free Registration Link. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email from Zoom containing information about joining the meeting.