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Join the Live Stream: ASLA’s 2018 Diversity Summit

Interested to learn more about ASLA’s 2018 Diversity Summit? Join us on Friday, June 22 from 3:25 – 5:15pm for a live stream event to learn about ASLA’s career discovery and diversity work plan and how landscape architects can tackle the challenges of racism and inequality in the built environment.

Please RSVP to by Wednesday, June 20. An email will be sent prior to the live stream with the web link. 

2018 ASLA Diversity Summit
Friday, June 22
3:25 – 5:15pm

Presentation and Discussion: ASLA Career Discovery and Diversity Work Plan and Open Forum
Shawn Balon, ASLA, Career Discovery and Diversity Manager
Richard Alomar, ASLA, Facilitator
3:25 – 4:15 p.m.

Staff will present an overview of the current career discovery and diversity work plan set at the 2017 Diversity SuperSummit and review items that have been complete and in the works. An open forum discussion will follow allowing Diversity Summit participants to discuss the work plan and begin planning for future program initiatives.

Presentation: The Color of Landscape Architecture
Speaker: Richard Jones, ASLA, PLA, LEED-AP, President, Mahan Rykiel Associates
4:15 – 5:15 p.m.

As landscape architects, we push for environmental advocacy and tackle the challenges of climate change. However, we struggle to deal with another calamity that wreaks as much havoc on the fabric of our country as any natural disaster; racism/inequality. Why? Because it’s a complex issue that challenges our personal and professional identities; and one without a clear solution. This presentation will discuss the need to address head-on the lack of diversity in our profession, and explore the role that landscape architects might assume in tackling the challenges of racism and inequity in our cities, communities and the built environment.

Richard’s leadership has guided Mahan Rykiel Associates to develop award-winning projects and committed partnerships that are revitalizing neighborhoods, restoring brownfields, stimulating economic development, and protecting natural resources. Throughout his career, Richard has pursued a vision of design and landscape architecture that aims to enrich human relationships and support vibrant ecological systems. This approach is built on the idea that designers are not just architects of space, but also architects of creative social processes. Jones’ deep appreciation for and understanding of community, craftsmanship, and stewardship is informed by his bi-racial upbringing in both Camden, NJ and Bavaria, Germany.

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