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The 2020 ACSP Annual Conference Will Happen!

Monday, May 11, 2020  
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ACSP staff are researching both in-person and on-line (virtual) options, and the Governing Board will meet in June to make a decision about whether we will be will be convening in person or virtually. We are very grateful to our local hosts – Ryerson University, University of Toronto, and York University – and are committed to honoring their many contributions many contributions to the conference thus far.

We received just over 1,200 abstract submissions – an ACSP record – almost 300 of which were part of the focal event on Racial Equity and Justice in Urban Planning Research and Education in the Face of Racialized Inequality. The review of all submissions is nearly complete, slightly delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The positive energy has been overwhelming. Our scholarship, learning, and the needs of our students, faculty members, and colleagues in practice continue, and ACSP will meet those needs.

For now, it is still too early to know which direction, in-person or on-line, ACSP 2020 will take. Please watch for your weekly Tuesday eNewsletter, and our social media channels (see below) for more information in June and throughout the summer.

Any questions about your abstract, please feel free to email



ACSP President
Marlon Boarnet, University of Southern California

ACSP Vice President/President-Elect
Carissa Slotterback, University of Minnesota

ACSP National Conference Chair
Gerardo Sandoval, University of Oregon


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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