We understand that racism, homophobia, xenophobia, classism, sexism, ageism, ableism, and the dehumanization of marginalized communities are institutionalized and continue to impede social equity and justice in the 21st century. We believe that urban planners unfortunately contribute to this reality. Thus, we, as UCLA planners, are in a uniquely privileged position to transform the field of planning and empower marginalized communities.
Planners of Color for Social Equity (PCSE) promotes critical thinking and grassroots activism that translates into socially just planning. PCSE serves as a support system for all students who wish to raise awareness of socially just planning on the campus community. Our group provides a safe space for students of all colors, creeds, nationalities, and educational backgrounds to critically and strategically think about how they can improve the quality of life of marginalized communities. PCSE provides academic support, emotional health support, and activities that foster professional development. Our organization advocates for curriculum and faculty that provide students with the analysis and tools to engage in solutions towards institutionalizing social justice.