Committee on Diversity
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The purpose of the Committee on Diversity is to carry on the work of the Diversity Task Force by working with and encouraging planning schools to develop specific programs and incentives for increasing faculty and student diversity as well as expanding diversity in the curriculum.

  • Chair: Jeffrey Lowe, Texas Southern University, [2013-2018]
  • Ann Forsyth, Harvard University, [2013-2019]
  • Cecilia Giusti, Texas A&M University,, [2015-2019]
  • Michelle Thompson, University of New Orleans, [2015-2019]
  • Gerardo Sandoval, University of Oregon, [2015-2017]
  • Arnab Chakraborty, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, [2015-2017]
  • Bill Goldsmith, Cornell University, [2016-2018]

 Committee Charge

  • to continue to assist programs in efforts to enhance faculty and student diversity;
  • to assist programs in including diversity-related issues in curricular offerings;
  • to provide reports back to the Governing Board in the fall of even- numbered years on the composition of faculty and students related to issues of diversity (using PAB and other data collected by outside entities); and
  • to conduct other activities that could enhance ACSP's commitment to diversity in education and research.



The Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning promotes education, research, service and outreach in the United States and throughout the world by seeking to:

  • recognize diverse needs and interests in planning;
  • improve and enhance the accreditation process, and;
  • strengthen the role of planning education in colleges and universities through publications, conferences, and community engagement;
  • extend planning beyond the classroom into the world of practice.