Office of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement


Socially Responsible Practice:
The Battle to Reshape the American Institute of Planners

This article explores how events of a particular era, 1959–1974, contributed to the reshaping of ideas about planners’ social responsibilities. It describes encounters between Planners for Equal Opportunity and American Institute of Planners (AIP) relating to the need for planners to help protect the disadvantaged and to counter racial or economic oppression in professional practice. It suggests that the years from 1959, when AIP issued a slight revision of its code of professional conduct, to 1974, when it developed a proposal for dispersed advocacy planning, were the setting for major changes in understanding about the need for social justice in planning practice.

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Racial discrimination and telomere shortening among African Americans:
he Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) Study

This article adds to evidence that racial discrimination contributes to accelerated physiologic weathering and health declines among African Americans through its impact on biological systems, including via its effects on telomere attrition.

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Advocating for Latino Equity:
Oral histories of Chicago women leaders

Although a number of scholars have studied the dynamics of migration from Puerto Rico to Chicago, which accelerated between the early 1950s and late 1960s, the story of Puerto Rican community leaders, in particular women, has been largely neglected by urban scholars. To fill this gap, oral histories utilizing the critical race theory lens were conducted with Puerto Rican women who were part of the Puerto Rican Agenda—a think tank of community leaders within the Humboldt Park area, where Puerto Ricans have concentrated historically. The oral histories covered topics from their migration story to their leadership development to their struggles creating a more just city. The counterstories of three Latina pioneras—Hilda Frontany, Aida Maisonet Giachello, and Ada Lopez—are told to highlight how their identity led them to “shape change” not only in their own lives and families but their communities and beyond.

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