When Everything Breaks: A conversation with APA Los Angeles on realism, idealism and the planning profession
June 10, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
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Join APA Los Angeles for a conversation about realism, idealism, and the planning profession in uncertain times. Our speakers, Rick Willson, Tunua Thrash-Ntuk, Carina Campos, and Maya Abood, will be discussing how the COVID-19 crisis and racial equity issues are affecting and shaping recent graduates, early-career planners, experienced planners, out-of-work planners, and career visioning. We know that effective planners must master a dance of idealism and realism, and so we will take a deep dive into these questions:
- What new strategies does the COVID-19 crisis and current events force planners to make in our work, our job choices, and in our career visions?
- How can idealism about our society be pursued in times when decision-makers, supervisors, clients, and community members are in survival mode?
- How can the profession support and retain planners who are unable to find jobs or who lose their jobs during this time or who may not have access to certain networks and opportunities?
- Rick Willson, Ph.D., FAICP, Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, Cal Poly Pomona
- Tunua Thrash-Ntuk, Executive Director, Los Angeles Local Initiatives Support Corporation
- Carina Campos, Economic Development Specialist, Economic Development Division, City of Azusa
- Maya Abood, Housing, Planning and Economic Analyst, City of Los Angeles Housing + Community Investment Department
- Welcome and facilitation by Lisa Varon, Vice President, BAE Urban Economics and COVID-19 Response Committee, APA Los Angeles
- Discussion on idealism or realism for planning careers in the COVID-19 era
- Questions with panelists (Questions to be submitted via chat box)