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February 2018 DEI Spotlight - Grace Cho

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.


Additional February 2018 Featured "I Am Taubman" Spotlights:

Grace Cho. Kazi Najeeb Hasan. Mieko Preston. Whitney SherrilSrinidhi Venugopal.