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 this page for 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.


POCIG Recommendations

We believe that ACSP valeus, 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:  read more...


POCIG Governance

  • Co-Chair, 2018-2020, Willow Lung-Amam, University of Maryland,
  • Co-Chair 2017-2019, Sheryl-Ann Simpson, University of California Davis,
  • Secretary-Treasurer, 2018-2020, Ivis Garcia Zambrana, University of Utah,
  • POCIG Liaison to the ACSP Diversity Committee: Jeffrey Lowe, Texas Southern University,


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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