The EWU Urban and Regional Planning Department and the College of Social Sciences are applauding a recent summer book club discussion hosted by EWU faculty and students. The EWU Urban Planning Team organized a discussion on the book The Color of Law: A forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, by Richard Rothstein.

“EWU Urban and Regional Planning continues to engage students and planning professionals on issues of equity and social justice,” says Margo Hill, an assistant professor in the department.

The group was organized by Jason Scully, another assistant professor in urban and regional planning, and Emilie Uemura, president of the Association of Student Planning. Fifteen participants joined the discussion, including city and county planning professionals, engineers, attorneys, current students and alumni.

“It was a phenomenal experience to engage with students on such a relevant issue,” says Charlene Kay, director of region planning and strategic community partnerships for the Washington State Department of Transportation, Eastern Region. “I was very impressed with the students’ commitment toward enhancing their awareness of social issues, the correlation they made to the planning practice, and willingness to explore avenues in their respective areas to affect change.”

Kay and Hill agree that the event generated an informative and thought-provoking discussion. To learn more about Urban and Regional Planning at EWU, please visit their webpage.