February 2018 DEI Spotlight
Name: Mieko Preston
Preferred Pronoun: She/her/hers
Taubman College Affiliation/Title (student/staff/faculty/alum): Graduate Student
Degree(s): Bachelor of Architecture; Master of Architecture Candidate, 2018
Home Country: US
Language(s) Spoken: English
Gender Identity: Female
Racial Identity: Mixed (African American + Japanese American)
Favorite food: Anything with noodles + veggies
What are other identities that you would like to share? I am physically disabled as well as being “much older than the average graduate student”.
Favorite book/author and why: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. It reminds me to own my story and continue my journey despite the unscheduled detours.
Favorite thing to do when not at TC: I read, force myself to be quiet and still.
Why is diversity, equity, and inclusion important to you? I think the three concepts are rungs on the ladder of social advancement. Diversity, equity and inclusion are the exchange of perceptions and knowledge that allows a culture to thrive. That can’t happen unless ears and hearts are at the same level to listen to each other. “We must all learn to live together as brothers, or we will all perish as fools.” - Martin Luther King, Jr., Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution, 2 June 1959.
DEI Contribution/Highlight: Currently serving on two DEI Student Advisory boards, leadership for i(ID); co-chair of MLK symposium of UM-NOMAS; worked on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington DC; co-lecturer on the impact of the built environment on the disabled community recipient of the 2017 North Campus MLK, Jr. Spirit Award.