Cultural Competence in Urban Planning

The following products have been produced pertaining to cultural competence in urban planning:

1) The report, “Cultural Competence in Urban Affairs and Planning,” authored by Dr. Tom Angotti, Marly Pierre-Louis, Dr. Laxmi Ramasubramanian, Dr. Sigmund Shipp, and edited by Angela Tovar contains the transcript to a symposium held at Hunter College entitled, “Community Planning and Development in Puerto Rican and Pan Latino New York: Problems and New Approaches for Teaching and Practice” as well as an annotated bibliography which includes literature on community development and planning in Latino communities.  The report also contains findings from student surveys and faculty interviews that assess existing practices within the department and suggestions for more effectively preparing the student body to understand and engage with diverse groups of people.

2) A bibliographic database containing over 60 references to a wide range of books and articles related to cultural competence in the field of Urban Affairs and Planning.

3) "Taller Boricua: A Lesson in the Importance of Cultural Understanding," a 21-minute video created by a group of graduate students in Professor Sigmund Shipp's "Diversity in the City" course in Hunter College's Urban Planning Department. The students' final course project is conceptualized as a multimedia "teachable moment" to demonstrate how communities are being self-determined by confronting issues in a culturally competent way. The video is based on a summary on numerous site visits and interviews of staff at Taller Boricua, an organization providing arts and cultural programming in Spanish Harlem/El Barrio, a heavily Puerto Rican neighborhood in Manhattan undergoing demographic change and gentrification.

4) El Puente: Inspiring and Nurturing Leadership for Peace and Justice is a 36-slide PowerPoint Presentation with accompanying notes and embedded video clips about El Puente, a community human rights institution located in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn aimed at promoting leadership for peace and justice through the engagement of members (youth and adults) in the arts, education, scientific research, wellness and environmental action. This multimedia presentation was created by a group of graduate students in Professor Sigmund Shipp's "Diversity in the City" course in Hunter College's Urban Planning Department. The presentation demonstrates how El Puente's approach fits with the ethnic and cultural context of the Puerto Rican and Latino community, becomes a means to engage local residents around strategies to improve their community, and furthers an understanding of how cultural competency should be pursued in urban planning.