Planners of Color Interest Group (POCIG)
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POCIG News & Initiatives

The Planners of Color Interest Group recommends projects and initiatives to the ACSP on an annual basis. View the POCIG Initiatives page for current details.about the POCIG Strategic Plan, faculty scholarships, awards, and the People of Color CV Book.


POCIG Mission

The mission of the Planners of Color Interest Group (POCIG), is to advance the interests and concerns of people and communities of color within the planning academia and the profession.


Planners of Color Interest Group (POCIG) CV Book 2019 - 2020 Announcement

This year, the Planners of Color Interest Group (POCIG) will prepare and post a collection of CVs from people of color seeking teaching and faculty positions in planning. POCIG's mission is to advance the interests and concerns of people and communities of color within the planning academia and the profession. As such, we particularly encourage CVs from scholars of color whose research and teaching supports this mission. 

CVs are welcome from doctoral students starting their teaching and faculty careers, those who have a position and are considering a move, and advanced ABD doctoral candidates. The CV book is hosted on the ACSP POCIG website for any potential employer to view and is also disseminated widely via email.

The deadline for submissions for the 2019-2020 is Sunday, September 8, 2019 has been EXTENDED until September 15, 2019.

Please distribute this call widely. For additional information regarding submission click here.


POCIG Recommendations

We believe that ACSP values, policies and practice can help shape the culture of the planning academy across disparate schools, departments and programs. Therefore, drawing from the Climate Study and reconnaissance of other associations, POCIG proposes the following: View Report (PDF)


POCIG Governance



If you are interested in supporting the POCIG mission, please send a request to join the POCIG email listserv. You can do so by signing into Google Groups, and then search for “POCIG-ACSP,” and send us a “join group” request. Planners of color can connect on our Facebook Group.


POCIG History

Informal organizational meetings were held at the annual conferences for the ACSP in 2006 and 2007. The ACSP Governing Board approved the POCIG as an interest group in April 2007. By-laws were adopted by email balloting in December 2007. The group held their first official business meeting in Chicago at the 2008 ACSP-AESOP Joint Congress and officers were elected a month prior to this meeting.


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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