POCIG Initiatives
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The following are the current initiatives led or supported by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) Planners of Color Interest Group:


Edward Blakely Award

POCIG established the Edward Blakely Award to honor scholars who support the cause of social justice, particularly in urban planning or development, for communities of color. This award is in honor of Edward Blakely, who offered extraordinary service as both scholar and practitioner and worked for social justice in communities of color, particularly during the years of legally-enforced racial segregation. For more information about the award, to apply, or for a history of winners, click here.


POCIG Scholarship for Student Travel

POCIG provides travel scholarships for doctoral students of color to attend the annual ASCP conference. The scholarship’s aims to support and mentor doctoral students of color to complete their degrees and increase the number of planning faculty of color. For more information about the award, to apply, or for a complete history of winners, click here.


National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity Scholarships

Since 2013, POCIG has funded one-year memberships to the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD) for junior faculty of color. NCFDD is an independent professional development, training, and mentoring community, to which 18,000 graduate students, post-doctoral students, and faculty belong, and it offers support leading to enhanced scholarship and academic success for junior scholars of all disciplines. For more information, contact Ivis Garcia Zambrana at ivis.garcia@utah.edu.


Planners of Color CV Book

The Planners of Color Curriculum Vitae (CV) Book is an initiative started by POCIG, which is now run by the ACSP Committee on Diversity. The book contains abbreviated CVs for faculty of color seeking tenure-earning teaching positions in urban and regional planning in North America colleges and universities. Many are just beginning their careers; others are seeking new positions and opportunities. We think you will be impressed by the wide variety of skills and experiences these candidates present. Candidates were asked to identify three areas of specialization. Many have additional areas of specializations. We urge you to contact the candidates directly for additional information on what they have to offer your program. Please forward the CV book to the chairs and members of relevant search committees in your programs or to others who might be interested.

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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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