Why is DEI as a framework important to the Planning field? Lily Rudolph, Diversity Equity and Inclusion officer for Central Coast APA will start this session outlining what is DEI as a framework and discussing how viewing projects through a DEI lens can be a beneficial tool. Next, Jessica Nguyen, lead project planner for Ventura County’s General Plan implementation of the Designated Disadvantaged Communities (DDC) program. The Ventura County Planning Division is researching potential disadvantaged community designations in unincorporated areas near the cities of Ventura, Oxnard, and Santa Paula. Designated disadvantaged communities (DDCs), as defined by state law, are low-income communities that are disproportionately burdened by environmental pollution. The presentation will discuss the development of the project with a focus on the project’s approach to incorporating diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE) throughout the process.