Expertise for Communities

Creating a Race Equity Framework and Tools for Planners

  • Thursday, March 31, 2022
  • Friday, April 08, 2022
  • 2 sessions
  • Thursday, March 31, 2022, 3:00 PM 5:00 PM (EDT)
  • Friday, April 08, 2022, 3:00 PM 5:00 PM (EDT)
  • Zoom
  • 6


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Consulting Planners of Massachusetts is offering planners a two-session workshop on how planners can change the professional playbook and view their role through a racial justice lens. Starting with an understanding of the role planners have played in creating inequity in land use, housing, wealth building, transportation and health outcomes, the workshop will help participants to first recognize, then reverse implicit biases. The workshop will then help participants to move from talking about equity to adopting new approaches, enabling them to take action to help make planners part of the solution, and no longer part of the problem.


The YWCA of Central Mass. will lead the workshop, which will include videos, personal discussions and tools for continuous learning. Each session will last 2 hours. Participants will receive a certificate documenting they have completed YWCA DEI training. CPM has applied for the workshop to carry AICP Continuing Maintenance (CM) credits in Equity (new required credit). 

Session 1 - Thursday, March 31st, 2022 from 3:00-5:00pm EDT

Understand implicit/unconscious biases/microaggressions.

Session 2 - Friday, April 8th, 2022 from 3:00-5:00pm EDT

Racial Equity 101: Understand planners' role over time and the impact of racism on society and relationships, as well as how planners work with communities. Develop a racial equity/justice lens and framework for planning.



This workshop is sponsored by:

BETA Group    Barrett Planning Group    Jacobs    Favermann Design

Leonardi Aray Architects LLC    LDS Consulting Group


Registration is limited to 25 participants.

Workshop Leaders

Maritza Cruz

Anti-racist Educator, Facilitator, Organizer, Social Justice Entrepreneur, Innovator, Advocate, and Visionary, a seasoned professional with expertise in Race Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Organizational Effectiveness. Ms. Cruz has been working to advance race equity and build a more race equity inclusive society for over three decades. Ms. Cruz has successful experience working with private, public/government, not-for-profit organizations, higher education institutions, cultural institutions, community entities, coalitions, and grassroots movements, with a proven track record in leadership, strategic planning, developing racial equity curriculum, and managing cultural/ethnic diversity.

Presently Maritza Cruz is the Director for Racial and Gender Equity, YWCA Central Massachusetts.

Read more about Maritza Cruz.

Robert T. Jones

Robert T. Jones is a multifaceted and competent consultant in the Inclusion and Diversity/Organizational Effectiveness Industry. Formerly the Program Director for the National Conference for Community and Justice, Rhode Island, and Southeastern New England Region. Mr. Jones is the Chief Empowerment Officer of T. Lee Associates, an international education consulting company. He recently left his position as the Associate Director of Multicultural Education at the College of the Holy Cross.

Read more about Robert Jones

CM I Earn CM credit for Equity plus 3 self-report credits






Information for AICP Members:

AICP members can earn #.# Certification Maintenance (CM) credits for this activity. More information about AICP's CM program can be found at

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