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ASLA Releases 2019 Diversity Summit Report

Participants Develop Focus Areas for Diversity Initiatives

ASLA Releases 2019 Diversity Summit Report

In 2013, ASLA held its first Diversity Summit with the goal of developing a deeper understanding of why landscape architecture as a profession doesn't attract a more diverse profile.

The American Society of Landscape Architects announced it has released the 2019 Diversity Summit Report. The report examines issues that African American, Latinx, Native American, and other underrepresented groups face in the landscape architecture profession, according to the organization.

"We are landscape architects. We have common things that make us the same, as well as important differences that I want to make part of this profession," said Shawn T. Kelly, FASLA, president of ASLA.

ASLA says the growing community of attendees is committed to:
Preparing ASLA members and chapters to adopt and implement engagement outreach strategies to increase educators, new strategic partners, and STEM stakeholders; Optimizing a contemporary paradigm whereby messaging and resources are developed to showcase unique solutions landscape architects apply to real-world problems, and; Establishing ASLA national position, values, and goals for diversity, equity, and inclusion through an awareness campaign for firms, institutions, and individuals.

The Diversity Summit brings together a group of experienced and emerging landscape architects who identify as African American or Latinx to develop strategies that address diversity issues in the field. The organization says the strategies are compiled into Diversity Summit Summaries and reports, which are implemented throughout the year and reexamined at the following year's summit.
This year, 17 landscape architects from across the country participated. The members were chosen to help address challenges in diversifying the profession and build upon recommendations for a path forward.
ASLA Diversity Summit 2019 was held from May 17-19th at the ASLA Center for Landscape Architecture in Washington, D.C. 

To view the 2019 Diversity Summit Report, please click here:

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