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Student Interview on Professional Development with 2021 Sojourner Truth Fellow Carlton Eley

Student Interview on Professional Development with 2021 Sojourner Truth Fellow Carlton Eley

2021 Sojourner Truth Fellow Carlton Eley serves as the Regional Equity Manager at the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission, in Dayton, Ohio. He has 22 years of experience as an urban planner, and is an accomplished expert on equitable development. On March 8, in the final of 3 public events, two Masters of Urban & Regional Planning students will interview Carlton Eley to gain insights and advice on professional development. 

The Sojourner Truth Fellow annually engages scholars and reflective practitioners who bring into the college rigorous attention to issues of race and ethnicity as they relate to the theory and practice of urban and regional planning. The 2020 Sojourner Truth Fellow, Jane Fran Morgan, is a Detroit-based planning and evaluation consultant.

Eley served from 1998 to 2018 in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), where he expanded the socialization boundaries of the EPA to accommodate equitable development as a place-based solution. He was the first urban planner hired by EPA's Office of Environmental Justice.

He also has been an advocate for social equity within the urban planning profession by serving as chair of the American Planning Association’s (APA) Social Equity Task Force. He re-energized APA’s focus on social equity by publishing a Planning Advisory Service Memo in March 2017 that was released to APA’s 45,000 members.

Eley has participated in the Ian Axford (New Zealand) Fellowship in Public Policy, and has served on community advisory service teams in the United States and abroad. He has managed national workshops, coordinated national recognition programs, conducted community technical assistance, and published multiple articles that explore the intersection of equity and community planning.

As the Sojourner Truth Fellow, Eley will participate in a series of remote events throughout the winter semester, including online public lectures on February 8 and 22 and a student-led public forum on March 8. More details will be posted on the Taubman College events website in the coming weeks.

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