Addressing Equity: What Landscape Architects Should Know


2019 Annual WASLA Conference

Tacoma, WA


Deb Guenther

Date & Time:

03.22.2019 | 10:15 am–11:15 am

Tacoma is one of the most racially diverse cities in Washington State: nearly 40 percent of people living in Tacoma are Latino, African American, Asian and Pacific Islander, Multiracial or Native American. However, communities of color in the city experience stark inequities, such as significantly higher rates of unemployment and poverty and poorer health outcomes.

Join Mithun partner Deb Guenther for “One City’s Experience Addressing Equity: What Landscape Architects Should Know,” to learn how the City of Tacoma established equity as a key driver of policy, programs and projects, what this means for landscape architects doing work in Tacoma, and how equitable design practices inform work throughout the region and the nation. The session will be grounded by the moderator in a brief overview of equity, expounded upon by panelists’ contexts and audience questions and answers, and will begin and end with an anti-bias exercise.

Deb Guenther will moderate the session. Panelists include: Metro Parks Tacoma diversity outreach specialist Abigail Vizcarra Perez, Tacoma Public Schools strategic planning and policy manager Alicia Lawver, and Fab-5 community organizer Christopher Paul Jordan.

Date Posted: 03.22.2019