December 2019 DEI SPOTLIGHT
Name: Alaina Gentles
Preferred Pronoun: She/Her/Hers
Affiliation/Title: Graduate Student
Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Environmental Planning, Master of Architecture, Candidate 2021
Home Country: United States
Language(s) Spoken: English
Gender Identity: Female
Favorite food: Oxtail with rice and peas, as well as Caribbean red peas soup (stewed peas)
Favorite book and why: I can’t say I have a favorite book but Sharon M. Draper’s The Battle of Jericho is always the first that comes to mind. It was one of the first chapter books I ever completed and it was also a great read. The Battle of Jericho introduced me to the beauty of written storytelling.
Favorite thing to do when not at TC: I thoroughly enjoy watching movies. I watch tons of them. For me, it’s the quickest stress reliever.
DEI Contribution/Highlight: I have joined the National Organization of Minority Architects Students in efforts to share participation in campus activities with other underrepresented students/designers. We hope that through event planning and fellowship we are able to share our presence in company with new perspectives.
Why is diversity, equity, and inclusion important to you? Diversity, equity, and inclusion are important because it encourages awareness of the biases within design practice. It makes us, as drivers, responsible for shifting the norms to ensure that a holistic perspective is always considered and/or welcomed.