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December 2019 DEI Spotlight - Keerthana Vidyasagar

December 2019 DEI SPOTLIGHT

Name: Keerthana Vidyasagar

Preferred Pronoun: She/Her/Hers 

Affiliation/Title: Graduate Student 

Degree(s): Bachelor of Architecture, Master of Urban and Regional Planning, Candidate 2020 

Home Country: India 

Language(s) Spoken: English, Telugu, Kannada, Hindi

Gender Identity: Female

Favorite food: My mother’s vada curry and badam halwa. 

Favorite book and why: What is the Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay was an excellent read recommended by a good friend. It made me understand myself as a feminist while wittily highlighting how society responds to intersectionality.

Favorite thing to do when not at TC: Most recently, with winter setting in, I’ve enjoyed days when I follow the sun around my room and read with my roommate’s dog, Lily, in my lap. More generally, I like to paint with watercolors.

DEI Contribution/Highlight: My interaction with DEI began with reviewing identity workshops which helped shape my interest in facilitation. I am currently concentrating on international student climate within Taubman and how to increase engagement between national and international students along with facilitating more interaction between different degree streams. 

Why is diversity, equity, and inclusion important to you? The principles of DEI form the basis of my work and encourages me to challenge inequities. It allows me to understand systemic issues and how to approach them in ways that are more equitable and compassionate.


Additional December 2019 Featured "I Am Taubman" Spotlights: 

Eric Dueweke. Alaina Gentles. Ann Luke. Young Tack-Oh

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