February 2018 DEI Spotlight
Name: Grace Cho
Preferred Pronoun: She/her/hers
Taubman College Affiliation/Title (student/staff/faculty/alum): Graduate Student
Degree(s): Master of Urban and Regional Planning Candidate 2018
Home Country: USA
Language(s) Spoken: English, Korean (sort of)
Gender Identity: Female
Racial Identity: Asian American
Favorite food: KFC - Korean Fried Chicken
Favorite book/author and why: East of Eden by John Steinbeck. I love this book for its rich descriptions of human nature and experiences. Timshel!
Favorite thing to do when not at TC: Seeing new sights!
Why is diversity, equity, and inclusion important to you? I am both fascinated and troubled by the dynamics of power and privilege in our society. DEI is important to me because it seeks to increase our awareness of and exposure to the range of experiences around us. I believe that listening to new voices is crucial to my growth as an individual. We all benefit when we can acknowledge the dignity of people who are different from ourselves.
DEI Contribution/Highlight: I have been an active member of DEI initiatives through the Urban Planning Department. I contributed to the Planning for Inclusion Initiative (PI2), which seeks to introduce undergraduate students from historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to the urban planning field and the University of Michigan. I was most recently on the team that planned the Urban and Regional Planning Symposium, “The Other Detroit,” a panel discussion that highlighted the tensions in the city’s redevelopment processes.