12/3-12/5 Upholding Equity in Planning - a virtual workshop for advancing urban planning principles

Updated: Dec 3, 2020

Registration deadline extended to December 1, 2020!

The Illinois and Wisconsin Chapters of American Planning Association (APA), with the help of the APA’s Chapter Presidents Council’s grant, have come together to create, coordinate, execute, and document a virtual training workshop surrounding diversity, equity and inclusion (D/E/I), called “Upholding Equity in Planning.” The workshop is geared toward planning practitioners in an effort to transform the way planning is done by planning professionals in their day to day work within communities.

The “Upholding Equity in Planning” workshop’s curriculum, created and lead by Castillo Consulting Partners, will acknowledge how institutional racism, classism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, and white supremacy have created inequitable outcomes for society’s most vulnerable populations and layout how those inequalities directly affect our field of work.

We are proud to announce the workshop's Keynote Speaker, Reggie Jackson! Mr. Jackson is a nationally heralded independent scholar and much sought-after speaker, researcher, writer, and consultant to the media on race relations. He helps institutions and individuals understand how our country’s racial hierarchy developed historically, its impact on our lives today, and how we can realize America’s promise for all its citizens. Reggie shares seldom-told stories and data about the experiences of African-Americans and other peoples of color past and present.

Participants will be given real world tactics of how to embed equity into their professional work. The workshop aims to take participants from passive allyship to active accomplices in dismantling oppressive structures and institutions.

DATES: December 3-5, 2020

COST: $50

LOCATION: virtual via Zoom

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: (CM | 9.5) approved, click here to log CM

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.

Seats are limited. Registration extended to December 1, 2020 at 11:59 pm.

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


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 - Disrupting Individual & Institutional Bias

  • Identify personal & institutional biases

  • Tools for disrupting biases at work

10:00 am Keynote: Reggie Jackson, Nurturing Diversity Partners (thanks to the APA-WI and APA-IL DEI & Membership Committees for supporting the Keynote)

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”. This event is an optional event open to all. Click here to register!

Day 3: December 5, 2020 - Effective Community Engagement

  • Understand power & role of planners

  • Tools for overcoming mistrust & frustration

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 re

shape 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.

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