All About ACSP 2020
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The ACSP conference is going virtual!  We hope you can join us online on November 5-8. 
We are excited about the new opportunities that the online format will offer and look forward to your engagement. 

The “Racial Equity and Justice in Urban Planning Research and Education in the Face of Racialized Inequality” focus event will be a central highlight of the conference.  With the move to online, we will be dedicating the entire first day of the conference to the focus event.  There will be no competing paper sessions or meetings and we will be working closely with the focal event organizers, Gerardo Sandoval and Sheryl-Ann Simpson, to plan a day-long program of paper sessions, roundtables, and a plenary panel on indigenous planning.  With the move to online, we are excited about the prospect of engaging an even broader group of scholars for this focal event, and in the panel who are working on indigenous planning issues around the world.  We hope that the focus event will build our collective knowledge of issues of racial equity and justice, challenge us to examine racism and white supremacy in planning practices, and center these issues within our scholarship. 

The online conference will accommodate all previously accepted papers and roundtables.  We will also be hosting the Pre-Doctoral Workshop for Students of Color and the Doctoral Workshop.  Job market and student-focused activities will be integrated as well.  We know that the social aspects and informal networking opportunities are so valuable, and we are exploring creative virtual alternatives.  We are excited that the virtual conference will also allow for greater participation of our international colleagues as well.

The conference schedule and registration fees will be released later this summer, we anticipate before the end of August.

Lastly, we want to share our deepest gratitude with our colleagues at Ryerson University, University of Toronto, and York University for their efforts as local hosts in planning for this conference.  While we unfortunately cannot be in Toronto this fall, we are optimistic that we will be able to join our colleagues there for the 2022 conference. We will see you online at the 2020 ACSP conference, in-person in Miami in 2021 and in Toronto in 2022.

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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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