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6/26/2018

2018 Diversity Summit Works to Develop Resources and Future Initiatives

Diversity Summit
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Since 2013, the American Society of Landscape Architects has convened an annual Diversity Summit with the goal of developing a deeper understanding of how landscape architecture can better represent the communities and people it serves. Each Summit brought together a group of established and emerging landscape architecture professionals who identified as African American or Latinx. In 2017, ASLA hosted the Diversity Super Summit in Washington, D.C., where participants discussed diversity issues and prioritized action items for the organization to carry through as part of its commitment to fostering diversity in the field.

In February, the 2018 Diversity Summit Call for Letters of Interest launched inviting applicants who identified as landscape architecture professionals of color with at least two years of professional experience to offer new perspectives and thought leadership to the Summit. The new professionals from the Diversity Super Summit 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.

This past weekend, ASLA hosted the 2018 Diversity Summit from June 22-24 at the ASLA Center for Landscape Architecture in Washington, D.C. The goals of the 2018 Diversity Summit were 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. Throughout the weekend, participants offered ideas and suggestions for the development of two resources that can assist professionals in implementing diversity and inclusion practices into business strategies and help ASLA National and ASLA Chapters create programs to reach youth and communities.


Video presentations, discussions, and action items from the weekend’s breakout sessions are being compiled and will be made available widely in the coming weeks, including in a future LAND story.

Diversity Summit
Richard Jones, ASLA, presents “The Color of Landscape Architecture” to participants and guests
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Diversity Summit
Participants research and workshop resources for ASLA’s career discovery and diversity program.
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Diversity Summit
Participants research and workshop resources for ASLA’s career discovery and diversity program.
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Diversity Summit
ASLA President Gregory Miller, FASLA, presents to participants and guests
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