Alumni Exchange Meeting the Moment: Planning, Identity, and Empowerment

Composite headshots of LisaBeth Barajas, Denetrick Powers, Andrew Tran, and Noel Nix
Alumni Relations, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
May 4, 2021 - 12:00 pm CDT
- 1:00 pm
Via Zoom

Through red-lining, freeway development, and other harmful practices, planners of the past created the conditions for the racial disparities we see in modern metropolitan areas. Awareness of these disparities has been heightened in the past year as the COVID-19 pandemic and civil uprisings calling for racial justice have reshaped our communities. Are planners today correcting the mistakes of their predecessors? What tools and practices are planning professionals leveraging to reverse racial inequities and build just and inclusive cities?

Denetrick Powers, MURP ’18, will moderate the discussion. Panelists will include:

LisaBeth Barajas, MURP ’04
Community Development Director
Metropolitan Council

Noel Nix, MURP ’10
Director of Community
City of St. Paul

Andrew Tran, MURP ’15
Associate Community Planner
City of Seattle

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Alumni Exchange is an event series featuring Humphrey School alumni expertise, sponsored by the Humphrey School Alumni Board. Events are planned around themes guided by the Humphrey School mission “to inspire, educate, and support innovative leaders to advance the common good in a diverse world.”