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Planning for the Intercultural City Symposium 2010

Friday, October 22, 2010. 12:30-6:00 pm

Planning for the Intercultural City Symposium 2010

The Planning for the Intercultural City Symposium, sponsored by the Tufts University Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning (UEP), aims to foster dialogue about the opportunities and challenges of planning for our increasingly diverse cities. The symposium will highlight effective strategies employed by local planners and community development professionals in Massachusetts communities and feature national experts on the topic of intercultural city planning and culturally competent planning. The goals of the symposium are to:

  • Create dialogue among practicing and aspiring planners regarding the strategies that foster equity in planning
  • Provide planning students with an opportunity to interact with seasoned planners and community development professionals who are working in diverse communities
  • Raise awareness about the concept of planning for the intercultural city, versus the multicultural city

The symposium is open to graduate students and alumni of UEP as well as planners from the greater Boston area. If you have any questions about this event, please contact:


12:30-12:45 pm: Welcome and Introductions

12:45-12:55 pm: Research Presentation: “Cultural Competency as a Tool for Intercultural Planning”, Dr. Julian K. Agyeman and Jennifer S. Chin, UEP ’11

12:55 – 2:10 pm: Panel Discussion: Planning in Diverse Communities

  • Moderator: Joel Barrera, Deputy Director, Metropolitan Area Planning Council
    • Amy Kohn, Senior Planner, Goody Clancy
    • Theresa Park, Community Development Director, City of Lowell
    • Martin Pillsbury, Environmental Division Manager, Metropolitan Area Planning Council
    • David Queeley, President, Community Sustainability Planning
2:10 – 2:15 pm: Transition to Break-out Sessions (Each panelist will be available for more Q&A)

2:15 – 3:15 pm: Break-out Sessions
Guests: Local Planners, UEP Alumni

3:15 – 3:45 pm: Break and Refreshments

3:45 – 4:45 pm: Keynote Speaker: Mitchell Silver, AICP; President Elect, American Planning Association

4:45 – 6:00 pm: Panel Discussion: Planning with Community Partners 
  • Moderator: TBA
    • Taya Dixon Mullane, Lower Highlands Neighborhood Group (of Lowell)
    • Cat Dodson Goodrich, Community Engagement Director, Chelsea Neighborhood Developers
    • Warren Goldstein-Gelb, Executive Director, The Welcome Project
    • Cynthia Silva Parker, Senior Associate, Interaction Institute for Social Change
6:00 – 7:00 pm: Dinner in the Cabot Mezzanine (RSVP Required)

Speaker Bios

Mitchell J. Silver, AICP; President-Elect, American Planning Association

Mitchell Silver is the Director of the Department of City Planning in Raleigh, NC. Mitchell is an award-winning planner with over 25 years of planning experience. He is nationally recognized for his leadership in the planning profession and his contributions to contemporary planning issues. He specializes in comprehensive planning, land use planning and implementation strategies. Before coming to Raleigh in 2005, Mitchell had worked as policy and planning director in New York City, a principal of a New York City-based planning firm, a town manager in New Jersey and deputy planning director in Washington, DC.

In his 25 years of practice, Mitchell has worked in over 50 jurisdictions. He lectures extensively throughout the United States on a variety of planning topics and he is a contributing author and editor of ICMA’s latest edition of “Local Planning: Contemporary Principles and Practice,” which is a resource for local governments engaged in planning. Known by his colleagues as a creative thinker, problem-solver and visionary leader, Mitchell has been at the center of many cutting edge trends, innovative solutions and visionary plans, including Harlem on the River, Vision for Jamaica Center and the revitalization of neighborhoods in New York, Philadelphia and Washington, DC. As planning director in Raleigh, he is led the comprehensive plan update process to create a vibrant 21st century city. He is now overseeing a rewrite of the City’s Development Code. Since coming to Raleigh in 2005, Mitchell has been an outspoken advocate to transform Raleigh into a world class city with a modern transit system and great streets, great places and great neighborhoods.

Mitchell is President-Elect of the American Planning Association (APA). He has served as President of the New York Metro Chapter of APA. He is also a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and serves on the Executive Committee of the Triangle Council of ULI. He has taught graduate planning courses at Hunter College, Brooklyn College, Pratt Institute and NC State University and has written many articles on a variety of planning topics. Mitchell was born in Brooklyn, New York. He received a Bachelors Degree in Architecture from Pratt Institute and a Masters Degree in Urban Planning from Hunter College. He certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).

Planners’ Panel: Planning in Diverse Communities

Joel Barrera (Moderator) serves as the Deputy Director for the Metropolitan Area Planning Council. Before becoming Deputy Director in 2008, Barrera served as Director of Government Relations and Senior Project Director for the Metro Mayors Coalition at MAPC. His previous experience includes six years as the Director of the Massachusetts Senate Post Audit and Oversight Committee, where he focused on making state government accountable and responsive. After graduating from Princeton University and Oxford University (Worcester College), Barrera worked as a community organizer along the Texas-Mexico border, working to bring public infrastructure to underserved areas. Mr. Barrera also serves on the board of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority.

Amy Kohn (Panelist) is a Senior Planner at Goody Clancy, an architecture, planning and preservation firm in Boston. A native of metro-Detroit, Amy worked for a transportation advocacy nonprofit, a regional government, and a gymnastics school before obtaining a Masters in City Planning at MIT and joining Goody Clancy. While at Goody Clancy, she has worked with a broad diversity of communities as they’ve made choices about how they will change and grow: from post-Katrina New Orleans to Revere’s multi-ethnic Shirley Avenue neighborhood to colleges and universities in cities across the country. Amy’s current and recent work includes downtown waterfront planning for six Massachusetts communities through the State’s UrbanRiver Visions program, campus master plans for state and community colleges in Massachusetts and New York, and the South Coast Rail Economic Development and Land Use Plan, which received the Massachusetts APA 2009 President Award.

Martin Pillsbury (Panelist) serves as the Manager of Environmental Planning at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council in Boston. He has been with MAPC since 1983, and manages the agency’s environmental and water resources programs. Mr. Pillsbury has also worked as an environmental planner for Wallace, Floyd Associates (1982-83), and the New England River Basins Commission (1979-81). He began his career at the New Jersey office of Coastal Zone Management, assisting with development of the state’s first coastal zone management plan (1976-77). Mr. Pillsbury earned a Master of Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania (1979) and a BA in Geography and Environmental Studies from Rutgers University (1976). Outside of his duties at MAPC, Mr Pillsbury has taught a college level course on water resources management for the Massachusetts Marine Studies Consortium since 1992.

Theresa Park (Panelist) is currently the Director of Economic Development for the City of Lowell. She has worked in community and economic development for public, non-profit and private organization in municipalities and regions throughout eastern Massachusetts, Washington, D.C. and California. Her interest in cultural competency stems from her early experience emigrating to the United States from Korea, as well as international studies in Kenya and Norway. That experience translates well to the City of Lowell, which has a long history of welcoming immigrants to the United States and now houses the second largest Cambodian population in the United States. An important part of the economic development mission is to work more closely with minority owned businesses in an effort to help bridge the economic and cultural divide. Theresa’s community involvements include serving on the boards of the Greater Lowell Workforce Investment Board, the Cultural Organization of Lowell, the Acre Family Child Care and the American Textile History Museum.

David Queeley (Panelist) has over 24 years’ experience in working with communities, neighborhoods, funders and various state and federal agencies, David T. Queeley specializes in helping build vision and resultant constituencies for greenways, parks, playgrounds and gardens. David was most recently the New England Regional Director of TPL’s Parks for People program. David is responsible for internal and external leadership of Parks for People New England, including coordination with national initiatives; vision and direction setting for New England initiatives; fundraising; building upon TPL’s thought leadership in urban park-making; cultivating strategic relationships with nonprofit, corporate, community, funding, and government partners; and instituting a standing volunteer council to advise and support Parks for People New England. David has a long-standing commitment to open space concerns, having also worked as a planner for the Metropolitan District Commission (now DCR) in Massachusetts; as the first Director of the Massachusetts Audubon Society’s Boston Nature Center; as Vice President for Community and Government Affairs for Brooklyn’s Prospect Park Alliance; and as Vice President and Senior Planner at New Ecology, Inc., a Cambridge-based organization working on sustainable development and green infrastructure.

Community Development Panel: Planning with Community Partners

Soledad Gaztambide-Arades  (Moderator) is Policy Analyst and Transportation Justice Coordinator at UPROSE, an environmental and social justice organization based in Southwest Brooklyn, NY. She holds a BA in Geography and Anthropology from the University of Puerto Rico and a MA in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning (UEP) from Tufts University. Soledad has experience as a GIS Analyst in municipal land use planning as well as environmental, social, demographic and public health analyses. She is interested in the role of civil society and citizen participation in relation to community planning and sustainability. As part of a UEP field project she took a leadership role in the production of a concept plan for an urban park in an environmental justice community in Salem, MA. Later she conducted research on the role of CBO’s and non-profits in Puerto Rico in environmental decision-making. At UPROSE she is working on a range of local sustainability and planning projects that aim to alleviate environmental burdens and ensure community benefits; among them: brownfield revitalization, climate adaptation and resilience, green port feasibility, the incorporation of a waterfront park and greenway, and more. She is also working on state and national transportation equity campaigns.

Taya Dixon Mullane (Panelist) is a leader of the Lower Highlands Neighborhood Group, an all volunteer association of residents and business-owners in the Lower Highlands neighborhood of Lowell. Formed in 2007, the group is dedicated to improving the quality of life in the community. The group seeks first and foremost to be as inclusive as possible by engaging the diverse Lower Highlands community through neighborhood meetings and activities. Professionally, Taya is a historic preservation consultant with Epsilon Associates Inc. working with non-profit and for-profit developers and public agencies undertaking cultural resource permitting and rehabilitation of historic structures utilizing state and federal historic tax credits. Taya has a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Wellesley College and holds a master’s degree in historic preservation from the University of Pennsylvania. Taya is also a board member of the Coalition for a Better Acre, a non-profit CDC in Lowell.

Cat Dodson Goodrich (Panelist) is the Director of Community Engagement for Chelsea Neighborhood Developers. In this role, Cat works as an organizer, building strong, safe neighborhoods with invested community members in Chelsea. She came to CND in 2008 after graduating with honors from Boston University’s School of Theology with a Master of Divinity degree. Over the past two years, she has helped expand the CE program to its current level of resident involvement and productivity by overseeing the team of three staff and coordinating 50 volunteer leaders and 250+ active network members. A native of Louisiana, Cat went to Austin College in Sherman, Texas, and lived in Mexico, Washington D.C., and Guatemala before landing in Jamaica Plain. Cat is a member of the board of directors of the Community Design Resource Center of Boston.

Warren Goldstein-Gelb (Panelist) is the executive Director of The Welcome Project, a community-based organization in Somerville that works to connect Somerville’s immigrant populations to the civic life of the city. Prior to joining The Welcome Project in 2006, Warren was a Program Director at Alternatives for Community & Environment, a community organization based in Roxbury that works with lower income communities of color on environmental justice issues. He has taught Urban Ecology at Springfield College, and served as Chair of the Board of Directors of Community Works, a Boston-based workplace giving program for community non-profits with a social justice focus. He has lived in Somerville for more than 20 years, and is actively involved in the city, including as a former editorial board member and writer for the all-volunteer Somerville Community News from 1988-1999, where he wrote a regular column in the mid 1990s called Somerville 2020, focused on planning issues in the city. He holds a Master’s in Urban and Environmental Policy from Tufts University.

Cynthia Silva Parker (Panelist) is a Senior Associate with the Interaction Institute for Social Change (IISC), where she delivers training, consulting, coaching, and facilitation services that foster collaborative processes and support cooperative learning in the social sectors. She works with a wide range of community, nonprofit, and public sector leaders to cultivate collaborative leadership skills, strengthen organizations, and build multi-stakeholder networks for social change. Her IISC clients have included the Boston Public Health Commission, the City of Boston, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, and Year Up. Her prior work experience includes serving as Project Director for Boston Freedom Summer, Project Administrator for The Algebra Project, Inc., and as an Associate for Technical Development Corporation. She sees her most important accomplishments as works in progress: building a solid spiritual foundation, nurturing a loving family, and carrying hope into the world through her life and work. Cynthia holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard-Radcliffe Colleges and a Master of Public Policy/City and Regional Planning from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.