ASLA Boosts Support for BIPOC Women Pursuing Landscape Architecture Studies with New Program

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the ASLA Fund, the charitable foundation of the American Society of Landscape Architects, has launched an initiative to address systemic inequities in the profession while encouraging women of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds to become licensed landscape architects. As noted in a Press release announcing the Women of Color Licensure Advancement Programonly 7% of registered landscape architects are non-white and 30% are women according to Council Record data from the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Board (CLARB).

In its first year, the program will provide 10 BIPOC women with a two-year “tailored experience” that includes $3,500 to cover the cost of the four sections of the Landscape Architecture Registration Examination (LEAR) as well as prep courses, relevant resources, and mentorship from a licensed landscape architect. The application period ends on April 1, 2022.

“The statistics are telling, and it’s important that we make major strides to ensure that the makeup of the profession closely reflects the communities it serves,” ASLA President Eugenia Martin, FASLA, said in a statement. “We need to close these gaps, and women of color getting licensure are part of the solution.”

Data extracted from the last United States Census compared to the racial and ethnic makeup of ASLA’s own members paints an equally bleak picture. As detailed in the announcement, approximately 18.5% of the US population identifies as Hispanic or Latino, while 6% of ASLA members do. About 13.4% of the population identifies as African American, but only 2.14% of ASLA members do. Residents identifying as American Indian or Alaska Native make up 1.3% of the US population, while only 0.45% of ASLA members identify as such. And while 6.3% of the US population identifies as Asian and Pacific Islander, only 13.5% of ASLA members do. (ASLA does not separate Asian members from Asian American and Pacific Islander members in its data.)

Currently, the 123-year-old ASLA represents over 15,000 members.

Noting the existing barriers, including financial ones, faced by those seeking to become licensed landscape architects, ASLA makes it clear that it “believes that licensure is essential to protect the health, safety and welfare of be public”, while signifying a “level of professional competence”. that can “lead to greater professional and business success.”

In addition to identifying as a woman and being a person of color to qualify for the program, applicants must be a current ASLA member in good standing (or eligible for membership) and be eligible for sit on LARE in the state they are seeking license. Several expectations for applicants accepted into the program have also been established, including participation in a post-program assessment. Applications will be reviewed by the senior program manager. Selection committee.

You will find more information about the application process here.

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