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ASLA Hosts Seventh Annual Diversity Summit

2019 ASLA Diversity Summit Attendees. Photo Credit: EPNAC

Seventeen members of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) convened at the ASLA Center for Landscape Architecture on May 17-19 to participate in the seventh annual Diversity Summit. ASLA asked attendees to help address challenges in diversifying the profession and build upon recommendations for a path forward.

    Nancy Somerville, CEO, and Shawn Kelly, FASLA, president, started the event by letting participants know that as members, "they are the owners of ASLA.” Together, attendees set the stage for new conversations around diversity and a fluid work plan during the three-day Summit.

    Perry Howard, FASLA, past president, moderated the Summit and led participants in developing recommendations that ASLA will make available in the full report of the Summit.

    In 2013, ASLA hosted its first Diversity Summit to understand why the profession is failing to attract a more diverse profile. The event engages emerging professionals that are committed to helping ASLA better understand recruitment and retention challenges, and develop action-oriented strategies that ASLA can sustain throughout the year. 

    To learn more about the Diversity Summit and ASLA's other career discovery and diversity initiatives, please visit

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