Dr. Edwin Mélendez, Director of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, has been awarded the Ed Blakely Award by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) in association with the Planners of Color Interest Group (POCIG). The Ed Blakely award is given to one who has supported the cause of social justice, particularly in urban planning or development, for communities of color.
Last Saturday, October 26, POCIG awarded Dr. Mélendez for the work the Center for Puerto Rican Studies has accomplished toward rebuilding the island of Puerto Rico under his leadership. This award traditional is presented to planning or related academics or to professionals who have supported the cause of social justice for communities of color in their work. Winners were introduced at the ACSP Annual Conference Faculty Awards Luncheon.
The Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning is an organization consisting of more than 100 university departments and programs offering planning degrees as well as programs that offer degrees affiliated with planning. The Planners of Color Interest Group advances the interests and concerns of people and communities of color within the planning academia and the profession.
To see an overview of the work Centro has accomplished under Dr. Edwin Mélendez, click here.