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Presidential Session: The State of Diversity within ACSP

Thursday: 4:15pm – 5:30pm

With support from ACSP President, Lois Takahashi, this session is hosted by the ACSP Committee on Diversity (CoD). CoD will present their 2016 Report on Race, Ethnicity, and Foreign Origin Data; describe activities undertaken to enhance ACSP's commitment to inclusive and equitable diversity in education and research; and allow for discussion of their work on programs and incentives for increasing faculty and student diversity as well as expanding diversity in the curriculum. Presenters from CoD include Ann Forsyth, Harvard University; Arnab Chakraborty, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and Jeffrey Lowe, Texas Southern University, Chair of the Committee.  

Opening Night Reception

Thursday: 7:30pm 9:30pm

Wynkoop Brewing Company, Breckenridge on Blake & Ale House at Amato’s
Join your colleagues for the Opening Night Reception at the Wynkoop Brewing Company. Enjoy food, drinks, and fellowship with your planning colleagues in this beautiful Denver location.


Continental Breakfast

Friday: 7:00am8:30am

Sponsored By

Case Teaching & Writing for Planners: The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

Friday: 1:30pm3:00pm

Sponsored By

To address the rising social, economic, and environmental challenges facing cities across the globe, planners need to acquire foundational knowledge and skills in planning and public finance as well as opportunities to apply them in real world situations. Thus the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy created a case library for teaching and learning. A case study re-creates a real-world problem, and asks students to walk in the shoes of public officials, business leaders, and citizens. Through debates, group work, and continuous feedback from educators and peers, participants develop a deep understanding of pertinent issues, analytical skills, and empathy for opposing views.

The workshop will introduce the Lincoln Institute Case Library initiative; strategies and supports for case research, writing, and teaching; ten ($1000) case study awards; and how you can use and contribute to the case library. Using two case study examples, we will review the definition of a teaching case, the learning goals and expected outcomes of using cases, and provide guidance on how to write them. During the last part of the workshop, participants will be invited to brainstorm cases they may be interested in writing. Prior to the workshop, participants will be asked to read two short cases that will be distributed in advance.

About the Speakers
Ge Vue is an Instructional Designer at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. He collaborates with content experts in planning and urban development, public finance, and valuation and taxation to develop residential and online professional learning programs. He is also leading the Institute’s effort to create a web-based, case study library for teaching and learning. The case library will provide educators and practitioners free access to teaching cases on a wide range of issues such as climate change, municipal fiscal health, value capture, property tax, and informality and urban poverty.

William Ellet teaches Management Communication at Brandeis University and at the University of Miami in its Executive MBA Program for Athletes and Artists. He facilitates Case Method Training Seminars for Harvard Business Publishing, primarily in Latin America, and independently as a consultant. He has been a writing consultant and coach for the HBS MBA Program for over 20 years. He is the author of The Case Study Handbook; cases; and an online course on management communication, all published by Harvard Business Publishing. 

Professional Training Workshop: Being Heard—and Agreed with—in the Policymaking Environment

Friday: 3:15pm – 4:45pm
Ticket required: $25

Organized by the ACSP Executive Committee. From environmental regulations to infrastructure to social justice to community development, what happens in Washington, DC doesn’t stay there. Every day legislators and staff make decisions that dramatically impact the planning community.  ACSP members can influence those decisions--we just need to know how! Join us in this interactive session to learn the four specific things you can do to ensure your legislators and their staff listen up and take notice.  We'll also go over what legislators are looking for from academic interests, the most important things to know about your legislators, and how to develop a winning message. Participants will come away with a specific plan for engaging effectively in the policymaking process. If you want to make a difference for communities across the country, this is the workshop for you.

About the Speaker
Stephanie D. Vance, also known as the “Advocacy Guru”, is the author of five books including Citizens in Action: A Guide to Influencing Government and the recently released The Influence Game. She’s a 25-year veteran of Washington, D.C. political scene and has held positions as a lobbyist, grassroots consultant and Congressional aide. Stephanie’s experiences as a legislative director and Chief of Staff on Capitol Hill led her to found Advocacy Associates, a firm dedicated to helping individuals and organizations be both heard and agreed with in the legislative environment. Ms. Vance holds a Master’s Degree in Legislative Affairs from George Washington University and a Master’s Degree in Liberal Studies at Georgetown University. She lives and works in Washington D.C.

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

Friday: 3:15pm – 4:45pm

Organized by the ACSP Executive Committee. This session is intended for faculty members, professionals, and graduate students interested in learning how to prepare successful proposals for research grants. Current and recently retired program officers from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will highlight the hurdles commonly experienced by applicants and guide participants through the maze of NSF and NIH. They will discuss NSF’s and NIH’s review criteria and will also provide information on doctoral student support, early investigator funding opportunities, and faculty submission guidelines.

Lois Takahashi, University of Southern California


  • Susan Newcomer
  • Antoinette WinklerPrins, PhD, Program Director, Geography & Spatial Sciences Program 

Big Ideas Session: Planning's Engagement with Mass-Imprisonment

Saturday: 9:45am11:15am

Organized by the ACSP Executive Committee. The United States imprisons its residents at a higher rate than any other country in the world. In many neighborhoods, criminal justice agencies are the primary government actors interacting with the public, and spending on police and prisons is the largest public expenditure. The criminal justice system also displays some of the widest racial disparities of any U.S. government institution. Despite the significant role of the criminal justice and penal systems in shaping the built environment of cities and the lives of urban residents, as well as its significant contribution to continuing urban inequality, the penal system is often not a primary focus of urban planning research or education. The goal of this session is to create an opportunity for debate and critical reflection on the implications of incarceration for planning and to explore the possibilities for planning education in prisons and jails.

  • Organizer: WU, Weiping [Professor, Columbia University]
  • Chair: Lens, Michael [Associate Professor, UCLA]
  • Co-discussant: SIMPSON, Sheryl-Ann [Assistant Professor, UC Davis]
  • Co-discussant: FORBES, Flores [Associate Vice President for Strategic Policy and Program Implementation, Columbia University]
  • Presenter: MEISTERLIN, Leah [Assistant Professor, Columbia University]
  • Presenter: STEIL, Justin [Assistant Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology]

About the Presenters
Leah Meisterlin is an Assistant Professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. Broadly, her research engages concurrent issues of spatial justice, informational ethics, and the effects of infrastructural networks on the construction of social and political space. Her current research explores the ways in which digital technologies are restructuring urban spatial politics and altering methods, both contemporary and historical, of urban research. She teaches the Studio in Architecture and Urban Planning at the Rikers Island Correction Facility in New York.

Justin Steil is an Assistant Professor of Law and Urban Planning at MIT. Broadly interested in social stratification and spatial dimensions of inequality, his research examines the intersection of civil rights, land use, and local government law. His recent scholarship has explored these themes in the context of immigration federalism, residential segregation, lending discrimination, environmental justice, and mass incarceration. Prior to academia, he clerked for judges on federal trial and appellate courts, worked as advocacy director for a non-profit fighting predatory lending practices, urban planner for an environmental justice organization focusing on brownfield redevelopment, program manager for a project bringing youth and prisoners into critical dialogues about justice, and trainer with a domestic violence crisis center training police in Ciudad Juárez in the support of survivors of sexual assault. He has taught in prisons and jails for more than 20 years. 

Luncheon & Faculty Awards Ceremony

Saturday: 12:30pm2:00pm

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

Saturday: 3:30pm – 5:00pm

Organized by the ACSP Executive Committee. 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,


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

Community Center & Exhibits

Thursday: 7:00am 5:45pm
Enjoy a continental breakfast in the morning, learn about how to use the mobile app, and get to know the industry leaders exhibiting in the Community Center.

Friday: 7:00am 6:30pm
This all-day session begins with a continental breakfast, is open during the late-morning/early-afternoon to peruse book titles of interest, take a coffee break, and network with exhibitors. Friday afternoon begins at 1:30pm with the Poster Session & Exhibits Reception where you can network with exhibitors and peers, review more than 60 research posters, and even get a free professional head shot photo!

Saturday: 7:00am 6:30pm
On Saturday, enjoy a continental breakfast while networking with colleagues. Grab a cup of coffee while you peruse book titles and exhibits.


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.


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