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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

DEI Overview

Welcome to the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) webpages for the Sacramento Valley Section.

Mission Statement

To be a gathering space for American Planning Association (APA) Sacramento Valley Section (SVS) members to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion within APA and the planning profession across the Sacramento region. To be a resource for planners who aspire to work more inclusively and effectively across the diverse communities we serve.


  1. To provide a space for the exchange of ideas and practices that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion at the workplace and elsewhere
  2. To advocate for policy and other structural changes that promote social justice and gender sensitive design
  3. To promote professional and academic development for diversity, equity, and inclusion purposes through skill-building events
  4. To provide an outlet for our network of Black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) planners and allies to connect and support one another

Questions, or interested in joining?

Please email Subcommittee Chair This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

DEI Events and Programs

Bi-Weekly General Meetings

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Subcommittee’s General Meetings allow Sacramento Valley Section members to collaboratively participate in discussions and programming to actively meet its Mission and Objectives. General Meetings are held bi-weekly on Wednesdays from 5:30pm-6:30pm.

Monthly Happy Hours

The DEI Subcommittee invites all Sacramento Valley Section members to its Monthly Happy Hour! At these social events, planners can enjoy an open space where they can discuss current events and openly share any thoughts on DEI as planners. Happy Hours are held on the last Thursday of every month between 6-7 PM.  Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Happy Hours are currently being held virtually, and so we encourage attendees to bring their favorite drink and engage in open discussions from the comfort of their own home!

PLANNERDS Book Club: Color of Law

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 (5:30 PM)
The DEI Subcommittee joined the Young Planners Group (YPG) subcommittee’s Plannerds Book Club, where attendees discussed Richard Rothstein's The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America (2018).

Socially Distanced Bike Ride

Saturday, November 14, 2020 (10 AM - Noon)

DEI Leadership


Celia Yniguez

Programs Chair

Not selected yet

Communications and Marketing

  • Jesse Flores
  • Adrita Islam
  • Molly Wright

Program Coordinators

  • Nguyen Nguyen
  • Angel Anguiano
  • Molly Wright
  • Raúl Tovar Gonzalez

2024/2025 Section Sponsors

Without the support of our sponsors, many of the programs we offer would not be possible. Click the logos below to find out more about each sponsor.

To our sponsors -- Thank You!