Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee


More just and equitable communities that enable opportunity, quality of life, and a sense of belonging for all; a more diverse planning profession working together to make this vision a reality.


To increase diversity and cultural competency within the planning profession in Massachusetts, and to equip planners with the knowledge and tools needed to achieve more equitable outcomes in our work.

  • Provide tools, education, resources, networks, support, etc. that planners need in order to:
    1. Make the planning profession better reflect the communities in which we work
    2. Effectively engage with diverse constituencies as part of our work, and
    3. Promote planning practices that address harms to marginalized communities.
  • Serve as a resource of information on diversity and equity in planning, connecting people to success stories, events, leadership training, workshops, etc.
  • Deliberately collaborate with APA-MA and its committees, APA national divisions, and partner organizations to ensure that content of programs include diverse voices and cover concepts of equity and inclusivity.
  • Actively address barriers to recruitment and retention of underrepresented and/or marginalized peoples in the profession, including but not limited to people of color, women, and LGBTQ-identifying individuals.