The American Planning Association established a Social Equity Task Force in June 2018. The group, selected and appointed by the APA President, works to identify ways planning practitioners are struggling with social equity and inclusive growth issues, and to identify actual tools and techniques that could be used, in a variety of settings, to implement effective change in this area. Lynn serves a member of the task force.
The topic of planning for equity is one that is multi-faceted and of growing concern throughout the field of planning. In response, the American Planning Association initiated the development of a new policy guide to address the issue of planning for equity. Once finalized and adopted in 2019, the Planning for Equity Policy Guide will establish APA’s official principles and practices on the topic. Lynn serves as the co-chair for this multi-year effort involving a working group of close to 30 planners from across the country.
A grassroots network of urban planners, policymakers, and designers formed in 2016 to amplify work on the issues affecting communities of color that are too often not fully recognized or addressed by professional urban planning and design communities. That effort resulted in Spaces and Places of Protest: The Cost of Social Injustice in Communities of Color, a convening held in New York in 2017 in conjunction with the American Planning Association’s National Planning Conference. Lynn joined this effort to help plan and execute Spaces and Places 2018 in New Orleans during APA’s National Planning Conference and she continues work with the team planning the 2019 gathering.
Urbanists of color are significantly underrepresented in the fields of planning, design, architecture and landscape architecture. In 2017, Lynn created the #urbanistleadersofcolor hashtag and @ULOCnetwork to identify and amplify the voices and work of urbanists of color on social media platforms. Now, work is underway to establish a platform to (1) build the urbanist leaders of color network; (2) continue to amplify the voices and work of urbanist leaders of color; and (3) better connect urbanist leaders of color to speaking and leadership opportunities.