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Women of Color Licensure Advancement Program

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ASLA celebrates the inaugural class of the Women of Color Licensure Advancement Program.

The first class of the program includes 10 women who identify as African American, Latin, Asian, and Native Hawai‘ian – groups that are among the most statistically underrepresented in the profession of landscape architecture. The class includes women based in Hawai‘i, California, Washington, Texas, Tennessee, Ohio, and Florida who are involved in private and public practice and landscape architectural education.

“ASLA is committed to achieving a diverse profession which is welcoming and accessible to all. We are proud to take this first step to lift up women of color in our landscape architecture community, by providing them with the support network they need to achieve licensure,” said Eugenia Martin, FASLA, President of ASLA.   

“We are honored to partner with these 10 dynamic women who seek to overcome obstacles, advance their own careers, and contribute to the communities they serve,” said Torey Carter-Conneen, ASLA CEO. “We also look forward to learning from them how to best grow our equity programs and resources and make our community even more inclusive.”

Learn more about the inaugural class.

Program Overview

State licensure signifies a level of professional competency and is an important way to achieve greater career and business success. The ASLA Fund has launched the Women of Color Licensure Advancement Program to support women of color in their pursuit of landscape architecture licensure and increase racial and gender diversity within the profession.

In its inaugural year, the program will provide 10 women of color with a two-year, personalized experience that includes up to $3,500 to cover the cost of sections of the Landscape Architectural Registration Exam (LARE), along with exam preparation courses, resources, and mentorship from a licensed landscape architect.  

Program Expectations
Upon entering the program, awardees are expected to:

  • Meet regularly with an ASLA-provided LARE Prep mentor.
  • Study for and pass all four sections of the LARE by December 2024.*
  • Pursue their first state license.
  • Share experiences of the program, including a post-program evaluation.
  • Allow ASLA use of their name and image in relation to promoting the program.

* Extensions may be granted on a limited basis for the emergence of unforeseen circumstances.

Applicants must be:

  • A current ASLA member in good standing or eligible for ASLA membership at the associate, full, or affiliate membership levels.
  • Identify as a woman and be a person of color.
  • Eligible to sit for the LARE in the state where they are pursuing licensure. View state-by-state LARE eligibility requirements.

Application Criteria
Applicants must supply the following:

  • A letter of intent on becoming licensed and how this program will help you achieve that goal. (limited to 500 words)
  • A resume, curriculum vitae, or professional biography. (limited to two pages)

Application Process
Application period: February 22 - April 1, 2022
Selection Committee review period: April 2022
Program participants notified: early May 2022

The application period is closed. 

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