Intro Essay: Setting the Stage for Highlighting Work in Cultural Competency Pedagogy

Lisa Turner DeVera, April Jackson, Marla A. Parker,

Opportunities to critically evaluate and more comprehensively honor public values such as democracy, equality, and justice


Cultural Humility: An Open Door for Planners to Locate Themselves and Decolonize Planning Theory, Education, and Practice

Elizabeth L. Sweet

By injecting cultural humility, as opposed to cultural competency, into planning theory literature, and education, planning practice could be transformed, preventing the often-destructive history of planning practices in communities of color from being repeated

Adaptive Leadership and Social Innovation: Overcoming Critical Theory, Positivism, and Postmodernism in Planning Education

Ivis García

A groundwork from which adaptive leadership and social innovation might be cultivated deliberately toward creative ends by professional planners and those in public affairs, rather than be left lingering in the background as mere ancillary functions to “best practices”

Transformative Action: A Theoretical Framework for Breaking New Ground

Alexis Jemal & Sarah Bussey

Through critical TA, community workers can make visible hidden socio-structural factors, such as institutionalized racism and White privilege, countering the historic trend of community workers acting as tools of social control

Building Sustainable Civic Capacity in Urban Education Reform: Actors, Perceptions, and Recommendations for Inclusive Public Policy

Michael Guo-Brennan & Linyuan Guo-Brennan

Structural openness to new actors, stakeholders, and the reconceptualization of education as a worthy good can lead to enhanced educational quality, equity, and inclusion, particularly in urban areas

Counternarratives of Community-Based Advocacy as Sources of Knowledge for Urban Planning

Monique López, Adonia Lugo, Omar Vargas & Allison Mattheis

Imagine new possibilities and futures in shared urban spaces by changing planning processes

Moving the Needle: Early Findings on Faculty Approaches to Integrate Culturally Competent Pedagogy into Educational Spaces

April Jackson, Marla A. Parker, Lisa Turner DeVera, Ivis Garcia, Tisha Holmes, Ellen Shiau & Christina Medina

Teaching students to be aware of their own bias, integrating hands-on coursework, and requiring diversity curriculum offered strategies for building CC among students

Mindfulness, Motivation, and Intercultural Competence Among Faculty and Staff: Examining Impacts of the Global Partner Certificate Workshops

Shengli Dong, Aleksandra Nesic, Christina Colgary, Jadelyn Martinez & Jessika Guerard

Implications of the current study in light of incorporating motivational and mindfulness strategies in intercultural trainings as well as considerations for increasing the timeframe of the intercultural training workshops

Cultural Research to Action: Course Design for Intersectional Cultural Competency

Dmitri S. Seals

A toolkit for programs and faculty seeking to enrich public affairs practice with the cultural study of intersectional difference

Queering Cultural Competence for Planning and Public Policy

Petra Doan & Angela Lieber

Reinforcing the understanding that queer identity often intersects with racial and class positions to exacerbate a wide variety of planning and public policy issues


Book Review: Empowering the Public-Private Partnership: The Future of America’s Local Government, by George Voinovich

Joseph Romance

A distillation of that old-school belief that making public institutions work is both positive and necessary work

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Invited Commentary | Aligning Our Pedagogy and Practices with Our Cultural Competency Goals

José W. Meléndez

Insights from all of the articles comprising the special issue