2017 ASLA Diversity SuperSummit

Written by Paula Baretto, Student Liason, ASLA
“Landscape architecture is currently facing a crisis of diversity. African Americans and Latinx together account for less than 10 percent of graduating landscape architecture students. These demographics fail to reflect those of the wider U.S. population. Census data project that minorities, now 37 percent of the population, will constitute 57 percent by 2060. To remain relevant and useful to the country’s increasingly diverse communities, landscape architecture must become a more ethnically and culturally diverse profession.”
 
This year marked the 5th ASLA Diversity Summit held at the newly renovated ASLA Center for Landscape Architecture in Washington D.C.  All participants in year’s past were invited to attend with an additional six new emerging professional members. 
The discussions held during the June 8th -11th summit touched on where we started, what has been done and where we will be in the next five years. Four main topics covered included K-12 Toolkits, After School Alliance and Summer Camp Curriculums, an ASLA Diversity Webpage, and University Recruitment + Curriculum Development. Small groups were formed to cover these topics in depth and action items were developed as a response to the larger group discussion.
A full account of the summit discussions will be sent to each state chapter in the coming weeks. For more information please contact studentliaison@aslaoregon.org