Equity and Inclusive Planning

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Resources for Planners

A growing list of resources is appended at the end of this page.  Please share the list and share resources you can recommend for APA-WI to post.

Race Equity Statement

APA Wisconsin Chapter Board Statement on Racial Equity

Read the statement endorsed by the APA-WI Chapter Board of Directors and by the APA-WI Equity and Diversity Committee.

APA-WI is pleased to share with you the FINAL approved Equity and Diversity Action Plan and introduce you to the new Equity and Diversity Committee.

Equity and Diversity Committee (name, term)

Donna Martin-Brown, 2020
Jason Gilman, 2020-2021
Ria Hull, 2020-2021 (chair)
Keith Johnathan, 2020-2021
Kevin Kuschel, 2020
Lori Palmeri, 2020-2021
Todd Violante, 2020
Nancy Welch, 2020
Vacant, 2020-2021

Vacant, 2020-2021

Please contact President Josh Clements (joshuarclements at gmail.com) if you are interested in serving on this committee.

    Results of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Training Needs Survey 2020 — APA-IL and APA-WI


    This survey was conducted as a partnership of between APA-IL and APA-WI in February 2020.  It was designed to assess training needs in preparation for an upcoming diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) half-day workshop in the fall of 2020.   The training project is funded by the APA Chapter Presidents Council. 

    The survey addresses discrimination and climate in planning in Illinois and Wisconsin,  perceived training needs, the level of demand for DEI training, and stories of DEI problems in planning that could be useful in building a training program.  This survey does not limit itself to the training needs of planners and planning  organizations,  but also seeks to identify training needs of commissioners/elected officials and community members engaged in planning.  


    The chapter is working on improving opportunities for professional development addressing inequities in our communities and practicing more inclusive planning. Below are some resources related to this topic and chapter initiative.

    Download a pdf of the list below.


    Racial Equity Tools website - https://www.racialequitytools.org/home

    From the website:  “Racial Equity Tools is designed to support individuals and groups working to achieve racial equity. This site offers tools, research, tips, curricula and ideas for people who want to increase their own understanding and to help those working toward justice at every level – in systems, organizations, communities and the culture at large.”


    They also have a great book and film list on the Racial Equity Tools website here: https://www.racialequitytools.org/fundamentals/resource-lists/book-and-film-lists


    First Nations Development Institute website - https://www.firstnations.org/knowledge-center/

    There is a wealth of information here in the “Knowledge Center” of the website, including a list of books by Native Americans here: https://www.firstnations.org/nativereads/.


    UW-Extension website - https://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/cfsi/equity-in-food-systems/21-day-challenge-resources/

    This is a good list of resources, articles, etc. about white privilege. 

    One especially good article listed on this website: Explaining White Privilege to a Broke White Person, by Gina Crosley-Corcoran



    Mapping tools:


    Mapping Inequality 



    Mapping Prejudice



    Mapping tool - Neighborhood Atlas – UW Dept of Medicine – healthcare outcomes https://www.neighborhoodatlas.medicine.wisc.edu/mapping




    Unnatural Causes – Is Inequity Making Us Sick?  https://unnaturalcauses.org/

    A seven-part documentary series exploring racial and socioeconomic inequalities in health.


    From the website:  “Unnatural Causes is the acclaimed documentary series broadcast by PBS and now used by thousands of organizations around the country to tackle the root causes of our alarming socio-economic and racial inequities in health.  The four-hour series crisscrosses the nation uncovering startling new findings that suggest there is much more to our health than bad habits, health care, or unlucky genes. The social circumstances in which we are born, live, and work can actually get under our skin and disrupt our physiology as much as germs and viruses.”


    Race: The Power of an Illusion





    Cooked: Survival by Zip Code



    13th: A Lesson on Race, Justice, and Mass Incarceration



    College Behind Bars



    Carson Gulley Documentary





    The Inclusive City: an LGBTQIA+ Perspective – Project Report, by Bright Pryde


    This report is a first-person perspective on the lived experiences of LGBTQ+ persons in cities.

    There is also a link here to a presentation called “Citymaking: voices from the LGBTQ+ community.”


    Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) Toolkit



    Examples of Racial Covenants and Restrictions

    ●        Maple Bluff Plat

    ●        Crestwood Neighborhood Covenants


    Planning for Equitable Development: Social Equity by Design - Planning Advisory Service Memo



    Dane County - Race to Equity Report



    Segregated Seattle - Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project


    This study includes racially restrictive covenant examples as well as mapping tools.




    Sundown Towns - A Hidden Dimension of American Racism, by James Loewen (book) https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781620974681

    “In this groundbreaking work, sociologist James W. Loewen, author of the classic bestseller Lies My Teacher Told Me, brings to light decades of hidden racial exclusion in America. In a provocative, sweeping analysis of American residential patterns, Loewen uncovers the thousands of "sundown towns"--almost exclusively white towns where it was an unspoken rule that blacks weren't welcome--that cropped up throughout the twentieth century, most of them located outside of the South.”


    Me and White Supremacy, by Layla Saad (book)


    “Me and White Supremacy: A 28-Day Challenge to Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor leads readers through a journey of understanding their white privilege and participation in white supremacy, so that they can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on black, indigenous and people of color, and in turn, help other white people do better, too.”


    Communicative Responses: Life as a Token Woman, by Carleen Ryan (article)


    A personal testimony about being a woman in a male dominated profession.


    Equitable and Inclusive Development Resources

    Health and Well-Being Resources:


    American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Article, Defining Diversity Equity and Inclusion:



    American Institute of Architects Committee-Resources:




    Global Wellness Institute Resources



    National Geographic Article, 02-2017



    Environmental Outcomes Resources:


    Building Green’s Equity in Design Case Studies



    Yale article, 2014


    US Forest Service Publication



    American Bar Association Publication, 2018



    American Psychological Association Article, 2013



    Social Outcomes Resources:


    British Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment Publication:  Inclusion by Design:



    Urban Land Institute, Managing Gentrification Report, 2006



    APA, The Scales Of Gentrification Article, 2018



    Government Alliance on Race and Equity Resources and Tools



    Economic Outcomes Resources:


    Brookings article, 2020



    Curbed Article, 2017



    Metropolis, 2019


    Urban Sustainability Directors Network Resources



    Energy InnovationPolicy and Technology Article, 2020



    UrbanLand Article, 2011



    EcoWatch Article, 2014



    MDPI, 2014 Report



     “Geography of Opportunity: A Fair Housing Equity Assessment for Wisconsin’s Capital Region,” CARPC Report



    “Whiteness and Urban Planning,” Journal of the American Planning Association



    Cultural Resources:


    University of Waterloo Thesis, 2014



    Project for Public Spaces Article, 2008



    Ted Article



    General-Broad Based Resources:


    US Green Building Council’s Social Equity in the Built Environment Guidelines:





    Inclusive Housing, A Pattern Book; Design for Diversity and Equity, by Edward Steinfeld,

    Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access,


    Universal Design: Creating Inclusive Environments, by Steinfeld, Maisel


    Introduction to Design Equity, 2018, by Kristine Miller, University of Minnesota Libraries


    Harvard Business Review 10 Must Reads, On Diversity, by Thomas, Ely, Hewlett, Williams, 2019



    Youth Engagement

    Boys and Girls Club of Dane County - https://www.bgcdc.org/

    ·         Internships/Career Experience Programs



    Developing Local Partnerships

    “Elevated Chicago: Community Engagement Principles and Recommendations”



    “Lean into Allyship” webinar (2h) - Dr. Alex Gee, Madison WI


    • In addition to sharing his personal experiences and views on racism, Dr. Gee provides tips for non-Black people interested in pursuing meaningful allyship in the fight for racial justice. Relevant recommendations include supporting and engaging with community groups - genuine relationships are formed by doing things together.


    “How Do We Respond to Anti-Black Racism In Urbanist Practices And Conversations?”

    Jay Pitter (Canada Urban Institute), Orlando Bailey (BridgeDetroit), Tamika Butler (Toole Design), Anthonia Ogundele (Ethos Lab), Will Prosper (Montreal-Nord Republik)


    Video of presentation (with key takeaways): Cities in the Time of COVID-19: How do we respond to anti-Black racism in urbanist practices and conversations? 

    • “strengthen respectful relationships with Black urbanists to reimagine inclusive urban spaces, share valuable expertise and gain personal knowledge of how to build successful cities.”


    Summary of presentation: What’s needed to address anti-Black racism in urban planning?

    • “‘authentic co-creation and civic engagement is seen as a chore and not a privilege.’ When city planners view the need to focus on equity and community engagement as a burden or speed bump, the seeds of mistrust between planners and the African American and Latinx communities they are tasked to work with have already been sown. This issue highlights the need for more Black and Brown planners. It also calls for expanding the definition of who is an expert on city building to uncouple that expertise from post-secondary training. It also calls for planners who aren’t Black or Latinx to really engage with the work of those who are, and equitable frameworks for city building.”
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