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Call for Letters of Interest Opens for the 2018 ASLA Diversity Summit

Diversity Summit
2017 ASLA Diversity SuperSummit
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Since 2013, the American Society of Landscape Architects has convened an annual Diversity Summit to aid in tackling the stubborn issue of the lack of diversity among landscape architecture professionals. In 2017, ASLA hosted the Diversity Super Summit in Washington, D.C. All past summit participants were invited back along with six new professionals. Participants discussed diversity issues and prioritized action items for the Society to carry through as part of its commitment to fostering diversity in the field.

This year, ASLA will host the 2018 Diversity Summit June 22-24 at the ASLA Center for Landscape Architecture in Washington, D.C. The six new professionals from the Diversity Super Summit have been invited back, and ASLA is looking to invite six new participants to add valuable input to discussions and resource development. The goals of the 2018 Diversity Summit are to review benchmarks prioritized from the 2017 Diversity Super Summit and create opportunities for participants to research and workshop resources for ASLA’s career discovery and diversity program.

Eligibility and Deadline
If you are a landscape architecture professional of color in the United States with at least two years of professional experience and are interested in applying, please complete the 2018 ASLA Diversity Summit Call for Letters of Interest by Wednesday, March 7.

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

Please submit the following:

1. Resume (two pages maximum – to be uploaded)
2. One (1) Letter of Recommendation (to be uploaded). The letter should specifically address your merit as a landscape architecture professional and addressing diversity in the field.
3. Letter of Interest (750-word max). Prior to writing your letter of interest, review the 2017 Diversity Super Summit Report and the 2017 Diversity SuperSummit Summary, and include answers to the following questions:

1. How will your experience and values be beneficial to ASLA’s Diversity Summit?
2. What is your vision for ASLA’s career discovery and diversity program in the coming years?
3. What do you hope to get out of participation?

For questions, please email Submit your application now!

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