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Roundtable: The New Urban Agenda & Global Planning Education

Thursday: 1pm – 2:30pm

The New Urban Agenda (NUA) was presented and adopted at the UN-HABITAT III Conference held in Quito, Ecuador in October 2016. The document sets a new global standards of achievement for sustainable urban development for the next twenty years. The need for meaningful urban interventions is emphasized in the document including the role of urban planning. The main idea of the panel is to discuss the following questions: What are the challenges and opportunities from the NUA to global planning education? How should global planning education respond to those challenges and opportunities? What are some new and emerging questions and conundrums from the NUA that global planning education confronts and that students need to be prepared to engage with? The panel will begin with brief remarks of the NUA and the ACSP/GPEAN roles and then go round the room and hear from each panelist on their thoughts on any of the questions outlined above.

About the Speakers
Bruce Stiftel is professor and chair of the School of City and Regional Planning at Georgia Tech. He represents the Global Planning Education Association Network (GPEAN) to UN-Habitat’s University Network Initiative. His research concerns collaborative governance of environmental/water policy, global movement of planning ideas, and international responses to urbanization.

Eugenie L. Birch holds the Lawrence C. Nusssdorf Chair in Urban Research at the University of Pennsylvania where she is Professor of City and Regional Planning, School of Design and the founding co-Director, Penn Institute for Urban Research. She is currently president, General Assembly of Partners (GAP), an engagement platform for the implementation of the UN’s New Urban Agenda and associated global agreements. Her research interests include global urbanization, planning history and urban revitalization.

The State of Diversity within ACSP

Thursday: 4:15pm5:30pm

This session will discuss the Report on Race, Ethnicity and Foreign Origin.

Content Connections: Reaching Practicing Planners

Thursday: 5:45pm – 6:45pm

Sponsored By

Join the conversation with editors from the American Planning Association's JAPA and Planning magazine, the editor of JPER, and a practicing planner to find ways to bridge the gap between academics and professionals. We'll ask for your ideas, and talk about which research topics can help advance the profession, how to get your research in front of planners, and how to translate it for a nonacademic audience.


  • Sandra Rosenbloom, University of Texas, JAPA Editor
  • Clinton J. Andrews, Rutgers, JPER Editor
  • Rocky Piro, University of Colorado, Denver

Meeting of the Participants of the 2015-2017 Junior Faculty of Color Workshop

Friday: 7am – 8:30am

Millennials, Mountains, & Mobility: The Impacts on Housing in Colorado's Front Range

Friday: 8:30am – 10am

Denver is the second-fastest growing city in the U.S. Millennials, retirees, marijuana capitalists, IT professionals, people priced out of the coasts, and others are flocking to the region for jobs, access to the mountains, a perceived lifestyle, and yes, legal marijuana. The build out of the light rail system has stimulated development and investment throughout the region. However, this growth is creating pressures across the housing market—once-affordable central neighborhoods are being gentrified by millennials; since 2014 rental rates have increased by 20% and home values by 45%; mobile home parks in formerly forgotten areas are now in TOD zones; and only three of the 50 metro suburbs are still considered affordable. Planners and policymakers are seeking to create and preserve affordable housing within Colorado’s uniquely restrictive policy landscape, which includes budget and tax restrictions, constitutional prohibitions against inclusionary zoning for renters and tenant protections, and three failed attempts for a statewide housing trust fund. A fourth housing trust fund is working its way through the legislature, organizations are fighting to save mobile home parks through tenant buyouts, dozens of towns are supporting ADUs; densities are increasing; the Denver TOD fund has been expanded to the region; and the housing finance authority has initiated rolling 4% tax credit applications. Yet, these measures are not enough to meet the demand, and densification, traffic and NIMBY concerns are generating pushback from many neighborhoods. What else can be done to ensure that people across the income spectrum can find a place to call home in Denver?

The panel will include housing researchers from CU Denver, Jennifer Steffel Johnson and Carrie Makarewicz, and local housing advocates, policymakers, and funders.

About the Speakers
Brad Weinig joined Enterprise Community Partners in June 2011. Enterprise is a national non-profit organization that concentrates on bringing affordable housing expertise and investment to low-income communities. In his role as the Program Director for Transit Oriented Development, Brad is focused on creative financing solutions to ensure affordable housing and community facilities are developed and preserved near public transportation. Prior to joining Enterprise, Brad spent five years with Citi Community Capital in San Francisco, where he underwrote over $600 million of loans to finance the development or acquisition/rehabilitation of low-income apartment communities nationwide. Brad is a LEED Green Associate and an active member of ULI Colorado’s Workforce Housing Council.

Deyanira Zavala oversees the implementation and execution of Mile High Connects workplan by creating and managing partnership opportunities. She focuses on MHC’s Business, Local Workforce, and Middle Skilled Jobs and MHC’s Affordable Fares priority areas, as well as MHC’s gentrification/anti-displacement efforts. Prior to joining Mile High Connects, Deyanira served as Program Coordinator at Rocky Mountain MicroFinance Institute, a Community creating mobility in people’s lives through entrepreneurs. Deyanira has also served as the Business Assistance Center Manager with Business and Community Lenders of Texas and Program Coordinator with NALCAB- National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders, where she facilitated a variety of projects in support of NALCAB member organizations, including resource development and capacity building activities. Deyanira holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of North Texas and a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Student Award Paper Session

Friday: 8:30am – 10am

APA's New Research Agenda: Opportunities for Collaboration

Thursday: 10:15am 11:45am

APA conducts sponsored research through the three National Centers for Planning: Green Communities, Hazards Planning, and Planning and Community Health. APA recently developed a new organizational research agenda in which partnering with collegiate schools of planning was identified as a priority. David Rouse, FAICP, APA's Managing Director of Research and Advisory Services, will provide an overview of APA's current research programs, the new research agenda, and opportunities for collaboration linking academic research and practice.

About the Speaker
David Rouse is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners and registered landscape architect with over 30 years of experience in community planning and design. Since 2013 he has served as Managing Director of Research and Advisory Services for the American Planning Association in Washington, DC. In this capacity he leads APA’s applied research programs, including Planning Advisory Services and the three National Centers for Planning: Green Communities, Hazards Planning, and Planning and Community Health. David co-authored APA publications on green infrastructure and comprehensive planning and is managing APA’s Sustaining Places Initiative to integrate sustainability into local governmental comprehensive plans.


Roundtable: Planning for Pot

Friday: 10:15am – 11:45am

Medical marijuana is now legal in 29 states while 8 states plus the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana use and sales for recreational purposes. Yet we know very little about the implications of this multi-billion dollar industry on urban economies, neighborhoods, and built and natural environments. Speakers in this local host session will address some of the most pressing questions facing urban planners attempting to accommodate this new and controversial land use. How does this burgeoning industry affect property values, industrial lease rates, housing prices, gentrification, and displacement of underserved residents? How do municipalities and environmental justice advocates ensure that nuisance uses are equitably distributed and environmental externalities are properly managed? How does dispensary and growhouse density affect personal and property crime? And what are the local and regional economic development factors associated with the industry, including its impact on tourism?

The panel will include researchers on marijuana planning, as well as representatives from state and local governments and non-profit organizations.

About the Panelists

  • Kristi Kelly is the executive director of Marijuana Industry Group, Colorado’s oldest, largest and most diverse trade association for licensed marijuana businesses, where she also served as vice chair and a board member. She recently launched Root Strategies, a national consulting company focused on cannabis strategies and business services. Kristi was an owner, and remains an investor in a group of marijuana cultivation, manufacturing and dispensary business in the Denver area, where she served as COO until December 2015. She is a founding board member of the Fourth Corner Credit Union, the world’s first marijuana financial institution. She currently sits on the Governor’s Marijuana Education task force, Denver's Social Consumption Advisory Committee, the Colorado Task Force for Drunk and Impaired Driving, the Colorado Department of Health and Environment's Marijuana Occupational Health and Safety Workgroup, and Denver's Odor Advisory Workgroup, and has participated in numerous other appointments, workgroups, and rulemaking committees.
  • Professor Sam Kamin joined the faculty at the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver in 1999 and is currently the Vicente Sederberg Professor of Marijuana Law and Policy. Holding both a J.D. and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley as well as a BA, summa cum laude, from Amherst College. He has become one of the nation’s leading experts on the regulation of marijuana, and in 2012 he was appointed to Governor John Hickenlooper’s Task Force to Implement Amendment 64 and the ACLU of California’s blue ribbon panel to study marijuana legalization.
  • Jill Jennings Golich is Deputy Director of Community Planning and Development Department at the City and County of Denver, where she serves as point person all issues related to regulation of the marijuana industry. Prior to this, she was the Director of Campus Planning for Denver’s Auraria Campus, where she updated the campus’s master plan and managed the creation of a companion strategic implementation plan, the development of new campus design guidelines, creation and installation of monument and pedestrian signage, the renovation of the campus’ library, installation of the campus’ first bike lane, oversaw the design review process for six new buildings, and led the effort to relocate a RTD light rail station. Jill has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver, and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Washington.
  • Tina Axelra is the Zoning Administrator of the Community Planning and Development Department at the City and County of Denver.
  • Margie Valdez is the Chair of the Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation Zoning and Planning Committee.
  • Aubrey Lavizzo is on the Department of Excise and License's Social Consumption Advisory Committee and Denver Department of Environmental Health's Odor Advisory Group.

Public Communication Strategies for Planning Academics

Friday: 1:30pm – 3pm

Interested in sharing your research with practitioners, connecting with media, and better communicating about your work for a public audience? Come hear from leading planning researchers about these topics and more. The speakers will share their insights on venues for sharing their research and expertise, engaging with social and traditional media, and framing planning research for broad audiences. In addition to sharing personal strategies and examples, the speakers will offer advice about integrating communication efforts with teaching and research expectations, developing relationships with writers and editors relevant to planning, and engaging colleagues around communication efforts. The session will offer ample opportunities for discussion about communication strategies, as well as ways that ACSP can support faculty and students in enhancing their communications skills.

Carissa Slotterback, Associate Dean, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Minnesota, schiv005@umn.edu


  • Geoff Boeing, PhD Student, City and Regional Planning, University of California, Berkeley, gboeing@berkeley.edu
  • Jennifer Dill, Professor of Urban Studies and Planning, Portland State University, jdill@pdx.edu
  • Justin Hollander, Associate Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, Tufts University, Justin.hollander@tufts.edu
  • Yingling Fan, Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Minnesota, yingling@umn.edu

Pathways to Academic Leadership for Women & Faculty of Color

Friday: 1:30pm – 3pm

There are a number of different pathways to academic leadership positions in the academy.  While some are better understood (faculty  chair  dean), other are not. Panelists will discuss the opportunities for academic leadership positions and the different pathways available to women, faculty of color, and other underrepresented groups.

Featured Panelists
Dr. Marlon Boarnet is the founding and current chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Spatial Analysis at the University of Southern California.  Prior to that, he was vice dean for academic affairs in the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy.  From 2003-2006, Dr. Boarnet served as chair of the Planning, Policy, and Design Department at UC Irvine.  Dr. Boarnet is currently the Vice-President/President elect of ACSP and has been a major leader on issues of diversity.  He led a USC/ACSP partnership to design, build, and host the first-ever pre-doctoral workshop for students of color in urban planning.

Dr. Jennifer Evans-Cowley was appointed the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of North Texas on July 1, 2017.  Prior to this, she was Vice Provost for Capital Planning and Regional Campuses at the Ohio State University. In this role, she created and implemented the University’s six campus, $1+ billion capital plan to enable the advancement of the university’s mission and foster an environment of excellence for faculty, students and staff. She has held positions as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Administration and Department Chair for the City & Regional Planning Department at Ohio State.  

Leaping the Hurdles & Navigating the Maze: Getting Funding from NIH & NSF 

Friday: 3:15pm – 4:45pm

Session information coming soon.

Lois Takahashi, University of Southern California


  • Susan Newcomer
  • Antoinette WinklerPrins, PhD, Program Director, Geography & Spatial Sciences Program
  • Daniel Sui, PhD, Division Director, Social & Economic Sciences, National Science Foundation

Institutionalizing Community – University Engagement: Scaling Up Collaboration through Planning Leadership

Friday: 3:30pm – 5pm

Inspired by the growing relevance and impact of community – university engagement in the urban planning academy, this session will highlight next steps for further institutionalizing engagement in our programs, colleges, and universities. The session will draw on the insights of planning leaders who, through their own research and teaching, as well as administrative efforts, have worked to advocate for, demonstrate, and embed meaningful engagement in their institutions. The speakers will share their perspectives on scaling up individual engagement efforts within universities and communities. They will envision what our institutions might look like if engagement were integrated across our structures of research, education, and service, and will consider the nature of our relationships with and commitment to communities, stakeholders, and the broader public.

Carissa Slotterback, Associate Dean, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Minnesota, schiv005@umn.edu


  • Tim Chapin, Dean, College of Social Sciences, and Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, Florida State University, tchapin@fsu.edu
  • Flores Forbes, Associate Vice President, Strategic Policy and Program Implementation, Columbia University, faf2106@columbia.edu
  • Samina Raja, Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning and PI of the Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab, University at Buffalo SUNY, sraja@buffalo.edu
  • Karen Umemoto, Chair and Professor, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Hawaii at Manoa, kumemoto@hawaii.edu 

Examining Global Planning Education: An Open Conversation

Friday: 6pm – 7:30pm

Global planning education in North America finds itself at a crossroads once again. Since the 1950s planning approaches to understanding international and global contexts have gone through several turning points. Early theories in comparative planning, influenced by modernization theory, assumed that Europe and the United States were to be emulated as the apogee of planning theory and practice.

Beginning in the 1960s, however, planning pedagogy and research began to emphasize the particularity of cities, and the need to root planning approaches in an understanding of societies, cultures, and the historical and contemporary role of economic and political structures operating at an international scale in shaping urban issues. The 1980s saw a turn towards an interest in issues of globalization and neoliberalization, and the challenges that these forces presented to cities across the globe. Today, we witness a dramatic turn inwards in national political discourse, as political leaders in the United States ratchet up discourses of American exceptionalism, and cast immigrants and other nations as threats to American security and prosperity. 

What do these changes mean for global planning education? How do we educate our students to tackle the inward and nationalistic turn in political discourse?  How do we train students to understand and reflect on the ways that the global intersects with local planning practice, whether in the US or in other contexts? What challenges and opportunities does the current political moment present to planning education more generally in its efforts to bring the global dimensions of local issues to the attention of current and future planning practitioners?

This session is hosted by the ACSP Global Planning Education Task Force, which has been tasked by ACSP with reviewing contemporary practices in global planning education and research. As part of its review, the Task Force plans to hold sessions at the 2017 and 2018 ACSP annual meetings in order to better understand the perspectives of a broad range planning academics, and to foster a continuing discussion about the agenda of the Task Force with the broader ACSP community. We hope to gain input from a range of stakeholders planning educators from programs that have significant course offerings in global and international planning and those that do not, and faculty who conduct research and teaching that is explicitly international and those who do not.  While taking the above questions as a starting point, we intend for this session to be an open discussion that may touch on any number of issues of interest to attendees, including the role of global planning in curriculum and instruction, recruitment and engagement of international students, issues of accreditation, and others. 

Gavin Shatkin
Gabriella Carolini

Lesli Hoey
Renia Ehrenfeucht
Noreen McDonald
Shannon Van Zandt

Emerging Challenges for Planning & Collaborative Strategies to Prepare for Them

Saturday: 2pm – 3:15pm

This session follows issues raised at the 2017 ACSP Administrator's Conference held in Reston, VA. Given the changing environment across the country marked by budgetary challenges for public universities, declining enrollment, changing demographics and an aging population, the planning academy faces several internal and external challenges. In this session, panelists will share some ideas that emerged from the Administrator's conference that show the nature of these challenges, their similarities and differences across different parts of the world, and the kinds of strategies that have been adopted to address them.


  • Ed Feser, Provost Oregon State University
  • Bruce Stiftel, Georgia Tech
  • Heather Campbell, Sheffield University
  • Niraj Verma, Virginia Commonwealth University

POCIG Roundtable

Saturday: 3:30pm – 5pm

Lewis Mumford, in his seminal work The City in History, describes a historical duality of cities - they serve simultaneously as a sanctuary and a stronghold. While strongholds often connote safety, critics argue that the city in fact can have carceral qualities to it - the stronghold may double as a prison cell. The recent visibility of urban policing, police-involved killings, and immigration raids has surfaced the disparity in experience around urban safety and security. While planning often wields police powers in a far more subtle manner, planning serves as another form of policing which is often experienced disparately by race, income, gender, and nativity.

The victory enjoyed by Trump reflects a conservative popularism that sees punishment and a vigilant police force, as an unquestioning response to the perceived threat of people of color in inner cities. Containment and imprisonment, - punishment - become the requirements per Trump's political base and their ideology. For example, the White House immigration policy is founded on a social construction that demonizes the "other."

Planning will need to respond to this conservative temperament that affects the poor and minorities as programs such as affordable housing and even the "Wall" becomes the focus of the Trump Administration. This roundtable hosted by the ACSP Planners of Color Interest Group calls into question the role of planning in policing urban space, at a moment when the Trump administration policy calls into question the right to sanctuary, particularly in urban spaces.


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.