Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)

Mission Statement:

Our mission is to take action towards dismantling the hidden hand of structural and systemic racism within the field of landscape architecture at the local scale in particular, within our chapter, board and membership. Part of this work is to acknowledge that elitism and privilege in our profession is connected to racism and inequity. The operations of the DEI Committee are subject to the aspirations of the people involved.

DEI Strategic Plan : Four Themes

Outreach

Actively reaching out to underserved minority students and BIPOC professionals in a more direct and personal manner to increase exposure and awareness to the profession and encourage more diverse group of people to enter the profession.

Access

Lowering the institutional and financial barriers to BIPOC LA students and emerging professionals who face financial challenges.

Facilitation

Facilitate institutional level discussions of anti-racism and equality among decision makers, firm leaders, and educators for actionable and concrete changes.

Celebration

Celebrate the diversity of our LA community and advocate the talents and contributions of the BIPOC members and students.

Upcoming DEI Events

There are no DEI-related events currently scheduled, but please check back soon.

Our Partners & Allies:

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BLAN

Black Landscape Architects Network

The mission of the Black Landscape Architects Network is to increase the visibility, support the interests, and foster the impact of Black practitioners in landscape architecture.

https://www.blacklanetwork.com/

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NAMLA

The National Association of Minority Landscape Architects

NAMLA’s Purpose is to Increase Minority Representation at All Levels of Landscape Architecture Practice and Academia.

https://www.nationalamla.org/

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A Rising Tide

A Rising Tide works to cultivate leadership and increase visibility of Asian and Pacific Islanders working in design for the built environment.

https://www.arisingtide.design/

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AICAE

The American Indian Council of Architects and Engineers

AICAE is a non-profit corporation established in 1976. Its membership is comprised of American Indian architecture, engineering, and design professionals throughout the United States of America.

https://aicaecouncil.org/

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WxLA

WxLA is an advocacy initiative created in 2018 to encourage and lead efforts toward equality in our profession. We stand for increased transparency, leadership and representation for womxn.

https://www.wxlandscape.org/

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Build Out Alliance

Build Out Alliance promotes and advocates for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community within the building design and construction industry. Our members build an environment where people serve openly and with pride across all roles and sectors of the industry. We lead by example in our own work environments and through partnerships with community organizations.

https://buildoutalliance.org/

Land Acknowledgement :

I am speaking from the stolen ancestral lands of the Lenape and other Indigenous peoples. I name this to not only recognize the indigenous communities who colonizers forced out of their lands, but also because living out my commitments to equity and justice must include challenging the persistent oppression of Native American, First Nations, and Indigenous communities—and empowering others to join me. I share this with you now because our shared intention to shape a more equitable, inclusive, and wonderful New York City requires us to face, and, as a result, change, the barriers we can collectively remove to enable all New Yorkers to thrive, especially but not exclusively inter-tribal Native American, First Nations, and Indigenous peoples.

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