Teaching Equity and Advocacy Planning in a Multicultural “Post-racial” World

Willow Lung-Amam, Stacy Anne Harwood, Gerardo Francisco Sandoval, Siddhartha Sen

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This commentary brings together four scholars who have taught courses in diversity and inequity in planning to reflect on the challenges of speaking to and about issues of race, ethnicity, and cultural difference in contemporary equity and advocacy planning. Using evidence gathered from over forty-five years of collective teaching experience, we highlight students’ struggles with questions about racial inequality inside the classroom and working with marginalized communities outside the classroom. The article offers pedagogical lessons for planning, highlighting strategies to help students and instructors navigate tough personal and professional questions about advocacy and equity planning in today’s multicultural, “post-racial” world.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)337-342
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Planning Education and Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 21 2015


  • Community Engagement
  • Diversity
  • Education
  • Equity and Advocacy Planning
  • Immigration
  • Inequality
  • Pedagogy
  • Race
  • Service Learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development
  • Urban Studies


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