Gender and Planning Panel

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This panel examines the role of planning in creating and maintaining gender divides in urban spaces in the United States. Despite the changing gender roles and crucial contributions of feminist planning scholarship, incorporating gendered perspectives into planning practices remains limited and tentative. This colloquium is a conversation bringing together a strategic planning and policy manager, a legislative analyst, and student researchers. Students will share their research on gender equity in comprehensive planning. Speakers will then comment on the students' work, participate in discussions centered around gender issues in planning, and respond to questions from faculty and students.


Mildred Warner, Chun Xu, Yu Wang


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Melissa Dickens

Melissa Dickens, AICP, is the Strategic Planning and Policy Manager for the Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission, an independent, consolidated planning agency serving approximately 1.5 million people in the Tampa Bay area. She currently serves as the Vice Chair for APA's Women and Planning Division, which provides a national network supporting and advocating for the needs of women in the planning profession. Dickens is also active in APA's Florida Chapter, where she currently serves as VP of Communications, and previously, as Chair of the Sun Coast Section. She is a frequent speaker at state and national conferences on a variety of planning and professional development topics. Dickens has an undergraduate degree in Urban Studies and a graduate degree in City and Regional Planning, both from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Andy Micklow

Andy Micklow, Ph.D. '21, is a Principal Legislative Analyst with the Metropolitan King County Council in Seattle, Washington. Their work for the Council focuses on Regional Planning, Housing, and Equity. Andy has a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University and a master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Tech. Their dissertation, "Pinklined Planning and the Need to Plan for Women," evaluates the level of gender-responsive planning in a sample of U.S. communities.

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