Engaging Through an Anti-Racist Lens: A Discussion with Sophie McGinley

Join Sophie McGinley, Assistant Planner at the City of Eugene, OR, and Caity Belta, Engagement Manager at Bang the Table, as they discuss preparation, implementation, fears, and successes when ‘doing’ public engagement through an anti-racist lens. Sophie is halfway through their Middle Housing Project. Having arrived at the outreach phase of this process, Caity and Sophie explore how to reach underrepresented populations.

Key Takeaways: 

  • How this public engagement plan was crafted within the context of antiracism.
  • How the experience has been received by city officials.
  • Strategies to help involve and include hard to reach populations throughout the process.

Sophie McGinley is an Assistant Planner with the Community Planning and Design team for the City of Eugene. Although still a relatively new planner, she has experience in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors and with both the City of Eugene and City of Springfield. Through a variety of internships and her position with Eugene, she has worked on getting Springfield certified as a Bicycle Friendly Community, assessed barriers to building middle housing, delivered Eugene SmartTrips materials by cargo bike, conducted land analysis and public outreach for Urban Reserves, and developed an equity-focused Public Involvement Plan for the implementation of House Bill 2001 that adapted to COVID-19. When she’s not working for the City of Eugene, she’s on the other side of the river serving on the Springfield Planning Commission, cruising Eugene’s bicycle infrastructure, and probably scrolling through Planning Twitter.

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