2020 Conference Focus Event
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Racial Equity and Justice in Urban Planning Research and 
Education in the Face of Racialized Inequality

The National Conference Committee of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning cordially invites faculty, researchers and students to submit proposals for abstracts for the 2020 ACSP Conference Focus Event: Racial Equity and Justice in Urban Planning Research and Education in the Face of Racialized Inequality.


Description of Focal Event

Cities across the globe are increasingly racially and economically diverse. Such diversity has also given rise to contests over differences in norms, rights and inequalities among groups that demands planners to directly engage in issues of racial equity and justice. In an effort to highlight emerging research on racial equity and justice within urban planning research and education, ACSP is organizing a conference focus event on these important topics at our annual 2020 conference in Toronto, Ontario in Canada. This initiative is an opportunity for ACSP and non-ACSP scholars to engage issues of racial equity and justice in the face of racialized inequality within the built environment and urban planning. Hence, the goal of this initiative is to expand the intellectual space at the conference on these topics. Such topics include relationships to race and intersectional ways in which racialized forms of disadvantage and marginalization impacts spatial income inequality, the reification of gendered spaces in cities, planning efforts within gentrifying neighborhoods, research on incorporating more diverse voices in our discipline, studies that speak to creating inclusive spaces for LGBTQI communities, highlighting Indigenous planning practices, and immigration. Other topics that relate to racial equity and justice are also welcomed.

Another important goal of this conference focus event is to bring scholarly voices into ACSP that do not currently attend the ACSP conference but whose expertise and passion for racial equity research would greatly benefit the conference. Interdisciplinary scholars from ethnic studies, gender studies, geography and other academic fields are encouraged to submit their work.



  • Program questions should be addressed to: Gerardo F. Sandoval, ACSP National Conference Chair and Co-Chair of focus event, gsando@uoregon.edu and to Sheryl-Ann Simpson, Carleton University, sheryl-ann.simpson@carleton.ca, Co-Chair of focus event.
  • Abstract submission procedure and payment questions should be addressed to: abstracts@acsp.org.


Submission Process

Abstracts for the focus event can be submitted via the ACSP abstract submission process. During the submission process, please indicate your interest in participation with the focus event.


Due Date

Abstracts for the focus event are due at the same time as all other ACSP conference abstracts.

Date and Location

The focus event sessions will be embedded within the ACSP Annual Conference on Saturday, November 7th, 2020. The conference location will be the Hilton Toronto, in Toronto Canada.


Task Force Members

  • Sheryl-Ann Simpson, Carleton University, sheryl-ann.simpson@carleton.ca (Co-chair)
  • Gerardo Sandoval, University of Oregon, gsando@uoregon.edu (Co-chair)
  • Lance Freeman, Columbia University, lf182@columbia.edu
  • Stacy Harwood, University of Utah, harwood@arch.utah.edu
  • Theodore Jojola, University of New Mexico, tjojola@unm.edu
  • Nabil Kamel, Western Washington University, nabil.kamel@wwu.edu
  • Willow Lung-Amam, University of Maryland, lungamam@umd.edu
  • Faranak Miraftab, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, faranak@illinois.edu
  • Jane Rongerude, Iowa State University, jrong@iastate.edu
  • Karen Umemoto, University of California, Los Angeles, kumemoto@ucla.edu
  • Clara Irazábal-Zurita, University of Missouri-Kansas City, irazabalzuritac@umkc.edu


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