CLARB's Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
CLARB has been on an intentional journey, since 2014, to learn and create opportunities across the organization to be more inclusive, equitable, and accessible, and to better understand our impact on increasing diversity within landscape architecture.
As part of our learning, we conducted a survey in October 2020 to better understand our stakeholders' wants, needs, and views on CLARB's diversity, equity, and inclusion positioning. Thank you again to everyone who completed the survey, your feedback was invaluable in advancing our effort.
Looking at the future we want to create, CLARB affirms our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our dedication provides an opportunity to thrive and promote the advancement of these key principles developed and approved by CLARB’s Board of Directors.
Diversity: We believe diversity is an integrated experience in our programs and services that values differing thoughts, experiences, perspectives, career paths, and expertise. This is expressed in many forms, including and not limited to, culture, career, race and ethnicity, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, language, national origin, religion, age, disability, political perspective, veteran status, etc. Our transparency demonstrates an ongoing process of genuineness and self-awareness that is intentional in principle and practice.
Equity: We acknowledge that inequity exists within and outside of the landscape architecture community. We are dedicated to creating and acknowledging the multiple pathways to the landscape architecture profession while mitigating barriers to access. CLARB is committed to working actively to address the power imbalances and remove any bias in our systems and processes.
Inclusion: We are dedicated to honoring the shared experiences of our stakeholders (e.g. community, candidates, licensees, staff, volunteers, vendors, partners, etc.) and strive to create an environment where people feel included and valued for bringing one’s whole self. Learning together through reflection and welcoming non-traditional approaches and voices allows for connection that represents our community both individually and across our community.
These principles can already be seen through our work to challenge orthodoxies (the impacts of unconscious bias and orthodox beliefs), Rethink Regulation (recently announced changes to the Council Record), evolve the L.A.R.E. (online proctoring), and transform our leadership and governance structure (widening eligibility requirements for leadership opportunities).
We are encouraged by the feedback we have received through our research and know there are many areas in which we can do more. As we continue to grow within our diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, you can learn more on CLARB's About Us