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Thursday, April 9 • 9:15am - 10:40am
TH9.15.05 Emerging Issues in Urban Planning: Ethno-Racial Intersections

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As urbanization patterns are rapidly transforming the world, the planning field is struggling to develop new intellectual and technical tools to both interpret and act in effective and equitable ways. This colloquy will explore the linkages between public health, migration, social justice, and labor in cities through the lens of ethno-racial dynamics. Urban epidemics of obesity and diabetes have prompted a renewed interest in the linkages of planning and public health in underrepresented communities. Spatial and residential segregation and class inequity places increasing burdens on native born minority and immigrant groups. As our cities become more diverse, even scholars of race and ethnicity grapple with the challenges of becoming more mindful of how national origin and other identity traits complicate societal systems of opportunity and discrimination. While some important ground has been advanced in each of these areas, much work remains to be done in order to excavate their intersections with race and ethnicity. This colloquy brings together reflective planning, public health, and migration scholars and practitioners to speak candidly about their own attempts to grapple with the need to bring race and/or ethnicity into their emerging planning work and scholarship.

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John Arroyo

PhD Student, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
John Arroyo is an urban planner and migration scholar who is also a doctoral candidate and National Research Council/Ford Foundation Diversity Fellow at MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning. His research interests include arts and cultural development, urban design policy, civic space, and racial and ethnic landscapes. He has over 15 years of urban planning and design experience working with various nonprofits, foundations, and... Read More →
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Diana Hernandez

Columbia University

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John Arroyo

PhD Student, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
John Arroyo is an urban planner and migration scholar who is also a doctoral candidate and National Research Council/Ford Foundation Diversity Fellow at MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning. His research interests include arts and cultural development, urban design policy, civic space, and racial and ethnic landscapes. He has over 15 years of urban planning and design experience working with various nonprofits, foundations, and... Read More →

Thursday April 9, 2015 9:15am - 10:40am
Escorial (2nd floor)