10/18 - APA-IL Diversity Committee Equity in Planning Panel and Networking Event (CM | 1.5)

The APA-IL Diversity Committee is excited to bring its second annual Equity in Planning Panel discussion back to UIC. This year’s panel discussion will focus on issues of diversity and inclusion in the field of transportation.

This event is generously sponsored by Women's Transportation Seminar Greater Chicago Chapter (WTS), an international organization dedicated to building the future of transportation through the global advancement of women and UIC's student planning groups, including the Urban Planning and Policy Student Association (UPPSA), Women in Planning and Public Administration (WPPA), Society of Black Urban Planners (SBUP), and the Latino Planning Organization for Development, Education, and Regeneration (LPODER).

The two-hour panel discussion will be followed by 1½ hour breakout session aimed at bringing together planning students and planning professional from a wide variety of backgrounds.


  • Jacky Grimshaw, Vice President, Government Affairs, Center for Neighborhood Technology. Jacky has created and led CNT’s transportation and air quality programs for over a decade. Jacky advocates for transit in the Chicago region, fighting for mass transit reform and dedicated funding in the Chicago region.

  • Dr. Jesus Barajas, Assistant Professor of Regional and Urban Planning, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Dr. Barajas's work investigates the relationships between the built environment, social factors, and transportation policy on travel behavior and safety for historically disadvantaged population groups.

  • Roberto Requejo, Program Director, Elevated Chicago. Elevated Chicago is a collaborative of organizations advancing racial equity in transit-oriented development. During the past 15 years Roberto has helped public, private, and nonprofit organizations become more effective, inclusive, and influential, playing a variety of roles including team leader, diversity and inclusion strategist, relationship manager, and grant maker.

  • Audrey Wennink, Director of Transportation, the Metropolitan Planning Council. Audrey directs MPC’s transportation efforts and coordinates transportation initiatives with other facets of planning including affordable housing, land use, equity, and the environment. She leads transportation research and advocacy efforts including pursuing sustainable funding for transportation in Illinois, integration of performance-based planning methods into transportation practice, and developing efforts to boost transportation equity.

The panel will be moderated by Katanya Raby, Planner at Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, APA-IL Diversity Committee Vice-Chair, and 2017 APA-IL Emerging Planner of the Year.

The APA-IL's Diversity Committee organizes educational, mentoring, and networking events that promote the diversity in the planning profession, and provides resources for more inclusive planning practices. This fall event will be our second annual Planning for Equity panel and mentoring event. This event will be broadcast live by CAN-TV.

Click here to read more about last year's event and watch the 2017 CAN-TV broadcast HERE.

To register for this event, please visit: https://www.ilapa.org/illinois-planning-events

DATE: October 18, 2018

TIME: Panel Discussion from 3:00 to 5:00 PM and Networking from 5:00 to 6:30 PM

PLACE: UIC College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, Lower level, 412 S. Peoria Street, Chicago, IL 60607


1.5 AICP CM Credits approved (log credits at https://planning.org/events/eventsingle/9160075/)

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QUESTIONS? Please contact Marcella Bondie Keenan, APA-IL Diversity Committee Chair

The APA-IL's Diversity Committee organizes educational, mentoring, and networking events that promote the diversity in the planning profession, and provides resources for more inclusive planning practices.

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