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The chair of this committee is appointed by the President of ACSP. The purpose of this committee is to assure that the ACSP Annual Conference and other such meetings are organized professionally and in a manner that supports meaningful communication and interaction, and to continue to improve the ACSP Conferences for the benefit of all attendees.

  • Chair: Gerardo Sandoval, University of Oregon, [2017-2020]
  • Marlon Boarnet, University of Southern California, [2017-2019]
  • Eric Morris, Clemson University, [2017-2020]
  • Elham Masoomkhah, Clemson University, [2018-2020]
  • Zenia Kotval, Michigan State University, [2018-2020]
  • Jane Rongerude, Iowa State University, [2017-2019]
  • Bonnie Johnson, University of Kansas, [2018-2020]
  • Jennifer Minner, Cornell University, [2018-2020]


2020 Conference Within Our Conference: Advancing Equity and Racial Justice in Urban Planning Research

In an effort to highlight emerging research on equity and racial justice within urban planning, ACSP is organizing a special conference within a conference 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 equity and racial justice 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 could include research on 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 the spatial implications of racializing ethnic minorities within the city, research that explores creating inclusive spaces for LGBTQI communities and highlighting Indigenous planning practices. Other topics that relate to equity and racial justice are also welcomed.

Another important goal of this conference is to bring scholarly voices into ACSP that do not currently attend the ACSP conference but whose expertise and passion for 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. A task force was formed by ACSP leadership to provide intellectual guidance in shaping the conference within a conference. The roles of the task force members are 1) help further conceptualize the description, goals, etc. of the conference within a conference; 2) help outreach and encourage scholars within and outside ACSP to participate in the conference. The task force is especially interested in bringing scholars outside of ACSP to participate in the conference.

Questions regarding the conference, Advancing equity and racial justice in urban planning research, should be addressed to the task force chair.

Conference Within Our Conference Task Force

  • Gerardo Francisco Sandoval [Chair], University of Oregon,
  • Lance Freeman, Columbia University,
  • Stacy Harwood, University of Utah,
  • Theodore Jojola, University of New Mexico,
  • Nabil Kamel, Western Washington University,
  • Willow Lung-Amam, University of Maryland and POCIG co-chair,
  • Faranak Miraftab, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,
  • Jane Rongerude, Iowa State University,
  • Karen Umemoto, University of California, Los Angeles,


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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