Last month, Sasaki Landscape Architect Diana Fernandez attended the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) third annual Diversity Summit. Held in Washington D.C., the summit brought ASLA members together to discuss the state of diversity and inclusion of minorities in the field. Through a series of brainstorming sessions, the attendees shared thoughts on raising public awareness of the profession, using routes such as early exposure and mentorship programs for K12 Students.
Diana reflects on the Summit: "According to US census data, by 2060, 57% of our potential talent pool will be minorities. This makes it critical to attract these minority groups in order for landscape architecture to remain relevant as a profession. The summit not only put the importance of this initiative into perspective, but it brought a group of talented young people together to brainstorm concrete action steps and build a network around this cause."
For more information on ASLA's diversity initiatives, click here.