Where Are We Going? Where Have We Been? The Climate for Diversity within Urban Planning Educational Programs

Andrew J. Greenlee, April Jackson, Ivis Garcia-Zambrana, C. Aujean Lee, Benjamin Chrisinger

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Abstract

This paper summarizes findings from a nationwide survey of degree-seeking urban planning students regarding the climate for diversity within their degree programs. This study examines interactions within the classroom, with faculty, with peers, and with professional planners. From May to October 2016, we surveyed 451 students and conducted in-depth interviews with 25 students. Our results show that while the majority of students report a positive climate for diversity within their programs, many still report occurrences of bias and discrimination, describe the shortcomings of a lack of planning faculty diversity, and perceive persistent challenges around diversity within planning practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Planning Education and Research
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2018

Keywords

  • climate
  • diversity
  • planning education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development
  • Urban Studies

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