The mission of the POCIG is to advance the interests and concerns of people and communities of color within the planning academia and the profession. 


  • POCIG Strategic Plan - Since 2007, the Planners of Color Interest Group (POCIG) of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) has advanced the interests and concerns of people and communities of color within the planning academy and profession. POCIG takes this mission very seriously. Just as important is the need for clear concepts, defined procedures and the use of appropriate tools that increase accountability to (and successful obtainment of) mission accomplishment over the next five years. Subsequently, we present the POCIG 2011-16 Strategic Plan.
  • The Edward Blakely Award - Established October 13, 2011
  • The Goal 1 Committee of the Planners of Color Interest Group is pleased to announce four awards, in the form of funded one-year memberships to the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD). NCFDD is an independent professional development, training, and mentoring community, to which 18,000 graduate students, post-doctoral students, and faculty belong, and it offers support leading to enhanced scholarship and academic success for junior scholars of all disciplines. The winners drawn from the competitive application pool for this award, 2013-2014: 1) Willow Lung Aman, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Post-doctoral Fellow, 2) Danielle Spurlock, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, PhD Candidate, 3) Alvaro Huerta, University of California, Los Angeles, Visiting Scholar, 4)Tonya Sanders, Morgan State University, Assistant Professor. Congratulations Willow, Danielle, Alvaro, and Tonya!

POCIG Recommendations

We believe that ACSP values, policies and practices can help shape the culture of the planning academy across disparate schools, departments and programs. Therefore, drawing from the Climate Study and reconnaissance of other associations, POCIG proposes the following: read more

Executive Committee

Other Committee Representatives

  • Policy and Advocacy Committee Chair: Lisa K. Bates, Portland State University, lkbates@pdx.edu
  • Conference Committee Chair: Sigmund Shipp, Hunter College, sshipp@hunter.cuny.edu
  • Elected Student Representative: Blanca Martinez-Navarro, University of California, Los Angeles, brm2108@gmail.com
  • POCIG Liaison to the ACSP Diversity Committee: Jeffrey Lowe, Texas Southern University, lowejs@tsu.edu


Informal organizational meetings were held at the annual conferences for the ACSP in 2006 and 2007. The ACSP Governing Board approved the POCIG as an interest group in April 2007. By-laws were adopted by email balloting in December 2007. The group held their first official business meeting in Chicago at the 2008 ACSP-AESOP Joint Congress and officers were elected a month prior to this meeting.

Governing Documents