APRIL 2018 DEI SPOTLIGHT
Name: Fatima Al Zaabi
Preferred Pronoun: She/her/hers
Affiliation/Title: Graduate student
Degree(s): Bachelor of Architecture , American University of Sharjah, UAE, 2013; Master of Science in Architecture Design and Research, Candidate 2018
Home Country: United Arab Emirates
Language(s) Spoken: Arabic, English, Italian
Gender Identity: Female
Racial Identity: Arab
Favorite food: Currently I have been eating a lot of asian food, especially Chinese Hot Pot
What are other identities that you would like to share? Emirati
Favorite book and why: Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell. It is a great book to clarify that success can come from anyone, especially if you are having a hard time defining your personal success.
Favorite thing to do when not at TC: Working on projects for my Design Company based in Dubai, UAE
DEI Contribution/Highlight: I am one of the few women from the UAE in the MSDT program at Taubman. I aim to educate others on women's role in the workplace in Arab countries, because there are a lot of misconceptions about the Middle East.
Why is diversity, equity, and inclusion important to you?: It’s important to discuss tough issues publicly. The only way to avoid misunderstandings is to learn about others’ multifaceted identities. Especially as an international student, it’s hard to adjust when others have preconceived notions about you and your culture.