ASLA's 2019 Diversity Summit Report
ASLA Connecticut acknowledges the significant gender and racial disparity among our chapter membership. At present, our community of practitioners is composed overwhelmingly of middle-aged, Caucasian men. Less than a third of our members are women; and just 3% are non-white. This is in contrast to the demographics of Connecticut as a whole, which is 51.2% female and 33.5% non-white.
We recognize that there are immense structural barriers to inclusive participation in our chapter and we are fully committed to breaking them down as soon as possible. As part of our Strategic Plan adopted in 2019, we made a commitment to advertising our chapter scholarships to a wide range of nonprofit organizations across the state, particularly those serving diverse urban communities in Stamford, Bridgeport, New Haven, and Hartford.
In 2020, we expanded our efforts to include outreach and education of current practitioners regarding racial and gender equity in landscape architecture. Partners in this endeavor include ASLA, The VELA Project, The Black Landscape Architects Network (BlackLAN), and DesgregateCT.
We hope the following resources are helpful in exploring and understanding diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism in our profession.