February 2019 DEI SPOTLIGHT
Name: Lesli Hoey
Preferred Pronoun: She/her/hers
Affiliation/Title: Assistant Professor of Urban and Regional Planning
Degree(s): Bachelor of Arts in Psychology; Masters in Regional Planning; PhD in Regional Planning
Home Country: United States
Language(s) Spoken: English, Spanish
Gender Identity: Female
Racial Identity/Ethnicity: White
What are other identities that you would like to share? Life-long learner, teacher, mentor, aunt, friend, daughter, sister, Bolivian (by birth)
Favorite food: Salteñas
Favorite book and why: Gabriel García Márquez, for creating fantastical, historically-based worlds through magical realism.
Favorite thing to do when not at TC: Traveling, hiking, running on park trails, exploring rural areas by bike, cooking and sharing meals with friends, playing games (cards, anyone?)
DEI Contribution/Highlight: Equity is a lens that guides my teaching, whether focused on program evaluation, international planning or qualitative methods. Including diverse voices also guides my research on food systems in Michigan and internationally, where inequities are at the heart of problems with farmer livelihoods, food insecurity, public health crises, environmental degradation, and more.
Why is diversity, equity, and inclusion important to you? We'll never be able to solve our most complex public problems—inequities among them—without more inclusive approaches that engage diverse knowledges, values, and perspectives.