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      Women of Color Licensure Program

      The ASLA Fund is pleased to announce a new program to provide financial assistance to women of color on their journey to become licensed.  


      Three generous sponsors have committed to donate a total of $100,000 in funding - Wendy Miller, FASLA and James Barefoot; Marq Truscott, FASLA and Rachel Ragatz Truscott, ASLA; and CLARB. These generous donations will allow us to support nine (9) women of color each year for three years on their journey to become licensed by providing funds to cover the full cost of CLARB registration and each section of the LARE, as well as exam preparation assistance, study resources, and a mentor to assist them on their journey. 

      This is where you come in. With your support, we can match our current donors and support an additional nine women in the current program or extend the program for another three years! That is 54 newly licensed women of color!


      Every dollar counts! Make a difference and support the ASLA Fund initiative. 


      The Challenge

      ASLA recognizes the drastic need to increase racial diversity within the profession. According to ASLA data, the chart below provides detailed percentages of how the U.S. population and landscape architects identify. 


      CLARB Council Record holder data also shows that only 7% of landscape architects are non-white and only 30% of all landscape architects are women. 

      Looking at diversity within the current student population, according to the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board’s (LAAB) 2020 annual report, slightly over half (54%) of the total enrolled landscape architecture students identify as female. 


      While there is a serious need to increase racial diversity within the profession, there are also significant expenses that can create barriers to becoming a licensed landscape architect. All fifty states and the District of Columbia require licensure for landscape architects.  Aside from the cost of education, the greatest expenses to licensure pertain to the LARE. These costs include creating a CLARB Council Record, successfully passing the four-part LARE examination, and oftentimes study preparation courses and materials.


      Our Solution

      Annually, ASLA will support a minimum of nine women of color on their journey to become licensed by providing funds to cover the full cost of each section of the LARE as well as exam preparation assistance and resources.


      For this program, each participant will belong to a cohort that will last two years. Their cohort journey will require interaction with an assigned mentor and engaged participation through provided resources and workshops as they prepare for each of the four LARE exams. ASLA will also provide free access to its current portfolio of ASLA LARE Exam prep resources, including the newly recorded virtual webinars produced for each section of the exam. Each participant will be allowed one exam retake, with more than one exam failure resulting in disqualification from the program. All exams must be passed within the two-year timeframe.


      There are many benefits to licensure, including its documented propensity to drive wage parity. A recent report by The Alliance for Responsible Professional Licensing report found that among highly complex, technical fields, a license narrows the gender-driven wage gap by about a third and the race-driven wage gap by about half. Specifically, in highly technical professions, after becoming licensed racial minorities saw an 8.1% wage increase, compared to a 2.9% wage increase for whites.  Additionally, females experienced a 6.1% wage increase after becoming licensed compared to a 0.7% wage increase for males.