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ASLA Diversity Summit: Call for Letters of Interest
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ASLA Diversity Summit: Call for Letters of Interest

In 2019, ASLA will host the Diversity Summit May 17- 19 at the ASLA Center for Landscape Architecture in Washington D.C.

The Summit aims to create a welcome space for landscape architects from diverse backgrounds to engage in critical, thoughtful, and challenging dialogue to inform how the society and its members can create an inclusive and equitable community of landscape architecture professionals.

Selected participants will be invited to bring their full selves into the space in order to think in deeper and more complex ways about diversity and inclusion in the profession. Strategies for ASLA to advance its diversity and inclusion efforts while tackling some of the most pressing issues facing diverse communities will be explored throughout the Summit.


Landscape architecture professionals of color in the United States with at least two years of professional experience are invited to apply. In order to be considered for this opportunity, please complete the 2019 ASLA Diversity Summit Call for Letters of Interest by Friday, January 18, 2019. Selected participants will be notified in late February.

The 2019 ASLA Diversity Summit Call for Letters of Interest requires the following documentation:

1.       Resume (two pages maximum – PDF format to be uploaded)

2.       One (1) Letter of Recommendation (PDF format to be uploaded). The letter should specifically address your merit as a landscape architecture professional and interest to address diversity in the field.

3.       Letter of Interest (750-word maximum - PDF format to be uploaded).

Prior to writing your letter of interest, review the 2018 Diversity Summit Report and the 2018 Diversity Summit Summary, and include answers to the following questions:

·         How will your experience and values be beneficial to ASLA’s Diversity Summit?

·         What is your vision for ASLA’s career discovery and diversity program in the coming years?

·         What do you hope to get out of participation?

ASLA will pay primary transportation and two nights lodging for all participants, and breakfast and lunch will be provided on the summit days.


About the ASLA Diversity Summit


In 2013, ASLA convened its first Diversity Summit with the goal of developing a deeper understanding of why landscape architecture is failing to attract a more diverse profile. Each summit has brought 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.


In 2017, the Diversity SuperSummit convened the largest group of attendees to date. Participants evaluated goals from previous summits, developed focus areas for four key diversity initiatives to guide ASLA’s work plan in the coming year and discussed the future of the Diversity Summit. Focus items and initiatives will continue to be established and evaluated as ASLA plans future Summits. The following includes links to resources, news, and articles, and Summit reports published since the first Diversity Summit convened in 2013.


In 2018, five professionals from the Diversity SuperSummit were invited back and nine new participants were selected from the Call for Letters of Interest to add valuable input to discussions and resource development. Attendees reviewed benchmarks prioritized from the 2017 Diversity SuperSummit and offered suggestions for developing resources that can assist in implementing diversity and inclusion practices into business strategies and reaching out to the youth and communities.