July 12-14 National ASLA (American Society of Landscape Architecture) convened several national summits on important national issues affecting the profession of Landscape Architecture. In their first Diversity Summit to discuss the obstacles to specifically Latino and African American’s in landscape architecture, 12 emerging professionals from across the nation were chosen to attend. From Southern California were two of UCLA Extension’s alumni, Tammy Martin and Jessica Centeno, (2012). A white paper and a strategic action plan will be developed to address increasing the awareness and the number of Latinos and African Americans in our profession. Read more about the Diversity Summit here.
ASLA also convened a Communication Summit where alumni Martin Schwanauer ’07, was sent by the Southern California Chapter of ASLA to represent the Chapter. At the Communication Summit, ways to increase membership, diversity and awareness of the Landscape Architecture profession are shared and taught to representatives from all 54 chapter representatives.
And at the concurrent Advocacy Summit, Program Director Stephanie Landregan and alumni (’93) of the program, was the representative for the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB), where is the President-Elect. The Advocacy Summit discusses current national, regional and local legislative threats and issues and provides information and strategic tactics to chapters for use in their Government Affairs efforts.