Letter of Intent as 2013-2014 Student Representative
To My Fellow Student ASLA Members,
What an honor it is to represent you as the National Student Representative for the next year. I am grateful for your support and I look forward to learning more about you and your efforts in shaping our future. As your liaison to the ASLA, not only will I honorably represent and fiercely advocate for students to be heard as emerging professionals, but I will persistently work toward fostering positive relationships between students and professionals alike who share the mutual passion and enthusiasm for the field of landscape architecture.
To help you get to know me better, I would like to give you some background information about myself. I am originally from Richmond, Virginia where I earned a B.S. in Environmental Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. I have since been working for the U.S Geological Survey, which has piqued my interest in water sensitive design and green infrastructure. I am currently pursuing a Master’s in Landscape Architecture at the University of New Mexico where I continue to investigate these topics and serve as the Vice President for the Student ASLA Chapter.
As an active student leader and motivated proponent for communicating the significance of our profession in the development of a more sustainable way of life, it is my duty to engage and encourage fellow students to cultivate not only the physical spaces of their work, but also the relationships within the communities that their work will serve. It is my goal for this upcoming year to aid student chapters in illuminating the essential role of landscape architects within their respective communities. Utilizing the Student ASLA Facebook page and by hosting quarterly webinars, I invite you to exchange ideas and information about your chapter’s successes in community engagement in hopes of invigorating nationwide student participation in public outreach events such as PARK(ing) and ASLA’s Public Awareness Campaign. I will work diligently to keep you abreast of these events and to provide you with the necessary information to successfully organize them.
I believe that landscape architecture is the single most important human initiative in developing a sustainable future for our world, which positions us as leaders in the efforts for advancing the quality of life for all inhabitants of this planet. Be the change you want to see. Please know that I am listening and I encourage you to contact me to voice your opinions or concerns. Thank you all.