Greenville Conference - Welcoming & Inclusive
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The 2019 ACSP annual conference will take place in Greenville in just a few weeks (October 23-27). In an email on May 30, we detailed the discussion of the ACSP Governing Board about the conference. The board made it clear that “the Greenville conference must be a different kind of conference – one that centers the experience of the LGBTQ community locally and within our association, and that highlights issues of inclusion and intersectionality.” Thanks to the work of our staff, local host committee, leadership of ACSP interest groups, and many ACSP colleagues, we are able to provide an update on changes and special sessions that will take place at the Greenville conference. We look forward to continuing this momentum into future conferences, and welcome your feedback on ideas for future conferences.

Weiping, Marlon, Carissa, and Joe
Your ACSP Officers / Executive Committee


Greenville Conference - Welcoming and Inclusive

  • Self-identifying pronoun field for name badges – When attendees complete their registration form, they can opt to self-identify their pronouns. These will be printed on their name badge.
  • Gender neutral restroom – Attendees will find the gender neutral restroom on the app-map and on the printed map in their registration kits. Use the restroom with which you’re the most comfortable.
  • Quiet room for meditation, prayer, decompression – Come to the conference registration desk for a key to this room.
  • Mother’s room – A lovely room has been secured with comfy seating and a refrigerator for the needs of nursing mothers. Come to the conference registration desk for a key to this room.
  • Information for local child care options and child-related resources – We have provided information on our web while we continue to assess demand for childcare within our conference-attendee community.
  • Code of Conduct – For the second year, we require acknowledgement of everyone’s understanding of the ACSP Code of Conduct.
  • Anonymous Reporting Form – Once again, we have provided this form (scroll to the bottom of the web page). All reporting is private and confidential. Building a history is critical.
  • Moved the opening reception – We moved the Opening Reception from the Children’s Museum of the Upstate upon learning that Publix Grocers is a sponsor of a prominent exhibit there. Publix has come under criticism for failure to accommodate their LGBTQ employees.
  • This year’s post-conference survey will ask if accessibility/inclusivity needs were met and if not, what else might we do? The survey can be accessed through the conference app and following the conference linked through the eNews for several Tuesday deliveries.


Reflecting Our Association Values in Annual Conferences

  • Creation of the ACSP Conference Location Policy Task Force – So that ACSP can be proactive in the future in signaling its values, the Governing Board will pursue the development of a conference location policy for future annual conferences. To start the process, this task force will host a Listening Session for anyone interested in attending, Thursday, 4:15pm – 5:30pm. Your input is invaluable!
  • Programs developed to support doctoral students’ travel – 1) Expanding the Student Volunteer Program to include Ph.D. students who have advanced to candidacy, are on the program, and cannot obtain funding. This is supporting at least 50 students with free registration; 2) Inviting donations to support doctoral student travel, which will be distributed as additional ACSP Ph.D. student travel grants; 3) Promoting the availability of a Room Sharing/Airline Reward Sharing participation list (see here for details).
  • New ACSP Interest Group Inclusion – The conference agenda will include an organizational meeting of the new ACSP Interest Group Inclusion: Saturday, 2:00pm – 3:15pm.
  • Creation of Special Sessions in response to the Governing Board decision to address LGBTQ issues and inclusion – see below.

 

Special Sessions to Focus on LGBTQ+ Issues and Inclusion (by day and time)


GPEIG-POCIG-FWIG Co-Hosted Session: Mentoring from the Margins: Cultivating a Culture of Inclusion for Faculty and Students of Color, Women, LGBTQIA, and the Global South in the Planning
Thursday, 9:45am – 11:15am

Having a mentor can make a tremendous difference in one’s academic success and beyond. This is especially true for faculty and students of color, women, LGBTQIA and the Global South who need mentors who can help them reflect on their goals, listen to issues that matter to them, help them navigate the ins and outs of the academy, and pursue their dreams. The proposed panel co-sponsored by GPEIG, POCIG and FWIG will focus on mentoring needs of groups that are marginalized and underrepresented in academia. It will address the following questions: (1) What kind of mentoring do underrepresented communities require? (2) Does one need to be from a similar background to be able to mentor underrepresented groups? (3) What are the similarities and differences of the mentorship needs of faculty and students of color, women, LGBTQIA and the Global South? (4) What are some innovative programs planning departments can pursue to create better mentorship cultures and environments for underrepresented groups?

Co-Moderators

  • N. Emel Ganapati, Florida International University
  • Willow Lung Amam, University of Maryland

Panelists

  • Bish Sanyal, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Katherine Lieberknecht, University of Texas at Austin
  • Clara Irazabal-Zurita, University of Missouri, Kansas City
  • Tonya Sanders, Morgan State University

 

Presidential Session 1 – ACSP/APA Institutional Initiatives: Educating for the Planning Workplace and LGBTG+ Issues
Thursday, 2:45pm – 4:00pm

Big Idea: Linking APA and ACSP Diversity and Inclusion initiatives for a better pipeline to/training for the profession

Moderator: Ann Forsyth, Harvard/Editor JAPA/APA Board

Participants:

  • Kurt Christiansen, APA President
  • Michael Frisch, University of Missouri, ACSP Inclusion Interest Group Organizer
  • Cecilia Giusti, Texas A&M University, ACSP Committee on Diversity Chair
  • Jane Rongerude, Iowa State University, ACSP Conference Gender and Diversity Track Chair
  • Jeffrey Lowe, Texas Southern University, ACSP Committee on Diversity Past Chair



Listening Session hosted by the ACSP Conference Location Policy Task Force
Thursday, 2:45pm – 4:00pm

ACSP is developing its first conference location policy. We hope that you will join us for a conversation about the factors that should inform our association's future decisions about where to locate its conferences and workshops. Your input is essential as we think about how our location decisions can help to best exemplify our values, engage with our members, and connect to the communities we visit.

Moderator: Carissa Slotterback, Chair of ACSP Conference Location Policy Task Force and incoming ACSP Vice President, University of Minnesota

Participants: Everyone is invited to attend.

 

Progressive Planning in a “Red” State, Session 1: Public Agencies Engaging with the LGBTQ Community and Beyond (Clemson CAAH: Voices from the Academy and the Community)
Thursday, 4:15pm – 5:30pm

Political gridlock has characterized national politics in the US for years, and is reflected in very disparate regional political and social cultures. Since 2005, when the ACSP Annual Conference was moved from South Carolina to Kansas due to debates about state support for the Confederate flag, regional differences have characterized the internal workings of ACSP, which represents a generally progressive profession working under very different political and social contexts. Debates around The State of California’s recent ban on travel to South Carolina (as well as numerous other states) illustrates a divide on how planning and progressive change occurs within different contexts. This two-session roundtable/panel explores the voices of South Carolina scholars and practitioners on how progressive planning happens in a (politically) “Red” state, and in particular how institutions and places are key components of that.

Moderator: Jim Spencer, Clemson University, Local Host Committee

Participants

  • Chase Glenn, Executive Director, Alliance for Full Acceptance, Charleston, SC
  • Vince Matthews, Executive Director, Joseph H. Neal Health Collaborative, Columbia SC
  • Ciera Durden, Associate Director for Multicultural Community Development, Clemson University, Clemson SC
  • Natalia Rosario, Planning Director, City of Spartanburg SC



Progressive Planning in a “Red” State, Session 2: Deep South Communities and LGBTQ Space (Clemson CAAH: Voices from the Academy and the Community)
Friday, 8:30am – 9:45am

Political gridlock has characterized national politics in the US for years, and is reflected in very disparate regional political and social cultures. Since 2005, when the ACSP Annual Conference was moved from South Carolina to Kansas due to debates about state support for the Confederate flag, regional differences have characterized the internal workings of ACSP, which represents a generally progressive profession working under very different political and social contexts. Debates around The State of California’s recent ban on travel to South Carolina (as well as numerous other states) illustrates a divide on how planning and progressive change occurs within different contexts. This two-session roundtable/panel explores the voices of South Carolina scholars and practitioners on how progressive planning happens in a (politically) “Red” state, and in particular how institutions and places are key components of that.

Moderator: Jim Spencer, Clemson University, Local Host Committee

Participants

  • Todd Shaw, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of South Carolina, Columbia SC
  • Jed Dearybury, Vice President of the Board of Directors, Uplift Outreach Center, Spartanburg SC
  • Rachel Grothe, Associate Planner, Spartanburg SC

 

FWIG and Inclusion Interest Group Workshop: Allyship – Listening to and Supporting the LGBTQ Community

Friday, 2:00pm – 3:30pm

In this workshop we would like to explore how Planners can better listen to and work with local LGBTQ people wherever we may be working. In the context of this workshop we will invite local LGBTQ activists from South Carolina to join with us and explore how best we collaboratively improve our planning processes so that the needs of LGBTQ people are heard, valued, and made visible in our plans and planning reports.

Moderator: TBD
Participants: TBD

 

Presidential Session 2 – Supporting Equality: LGBTQ+ Academic Research Past and Future
Saturday, 8:00am – 9:30am

Big Idea: Emerging researchers talk about future directions

Moderator: Awais Azhar, University of Texas Austin, Student Representative, ACSP Governing Board

Participants:

  • Mike Smart, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • Arianna Martinez, Queens College, CUNY
  • Andrew Whittemore, University of North Carolina
  • Kian Goh, University of California, Los Angeles

 

POCIG Roundtable: ‘Go the Way Your Blood Beats’: Research, Scholarship, Thinking and Activism from the LGBTQ POC Community

Saturday, 9:45am – 11:15am

In 1984 as part of a special section titled 'The Future of Gay Life' assembled to mark the fifteenth anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, the Village Voice interviewed celebrated novelist, urbanist, and civil rights leader James Baldwin. In the interview, Baldwin highlights the importance, danger and responsibility of love generally, and the intersection between race and sexuality specifically.

“A [B]lack gay person who is a sexual conundrum to society is already, long before the question of sexuality comes into it menaced and marked because he’s [B]lack or she’s [B]lack.…I think white gay people feel cheated because they were born, in principle, into a society in which they were supposed to be safe. The anomaly of their sexuality puts them in danger, unexpectedly.” Baldwin also notes that, “The discovery of one’s sexual preference doesn’t have to be a trauma. It’s a trauma because it’s such a traumatized society.” Ending with what he describes as the best advice he ever received, he notes “…to go the way your blood beats. If you don’t live the only life you have, you won’t live some other life, you won’t live any life at all.”

This POCIG roundtable will be a moment to acknowledge the lack of attention to and representation of the needs, desires, love and lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) peoples within mainstreamed planning scholarship and practice. Thirty-five years after Baldwin's reflections, and fifty years after Stonewall, we will engage with the intersectional experience of LGBTQ people of color, thinking about race and sexuality alongside poor and working class LGBTQ peoples, and LGBTQ peoples who are also members of Indigenous, disability and immigrant communities. The roundtable will highlight and celebrate research, scholarship, thinking and activism emerging from within LGBTQ communities of color. This roundtable will also be an opportunity to discuss and commit to the types of change and healing needed to affirm LGBTQ people of color life–in community, in practice and in academia–unapologetically and with love.

Moderator: TBD
Participants: TBD

 

Student Workshop: Teaching as an Ally: Creating LGBTQ+ Inclusive Classrooms
Saturday, 5:15pm – 6:30pm

This workshop will provide participants with tools for creating and sustaining inclusive classrooms for LGBTQ+ students. Inclusive classrooms provide students with a supportive learning environment where they can thrive and have the best educational outcomes. Workshop participants will review basic sexual orientation and gender identity related terms, explore inclusive language and greetings, discuss ways to develop an inclusive curriculum, and build an intersectional approach towards inclusivity. The aim of this workshop is to equip participants with the basic tools required for creating an LGBTQ+ inclusive learning environment and provide avenues for future learning.

Moderator: TBD
Participants: TBD

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  • 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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