January 2020 DEI SPOTLIGHT
Name: Amlin Iqbal Eshita
Preferred Pronoun: She/Her/Hers
Affiliation/Title: Graduate Student
Degree(s): Bachelor of Architecture, Master of Architecture, Candidate 2020
Home Country: The People’s Republic of Bangladesh
Language(s) Spoken: Bangla, English, Hindi
Gender Identity: Female
Favorite food: Fuchka, Ilish (Hilsa) and Koi Fish, Morog Polau, Wings and French Fries.
Favorite book and why: The Quran for it talks about a way of peaceful life; Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture by Robert Venturi for the unparalleled discussions about architecture; short stories by Rabindranath Tagore for how it portrays the beauty of stories of people.
Favorite thing to do when not at TC: Walk; Think; Photograph life; Write about things I care about.
DEI Contribution/Highlight: The spectrum of social crises, which include DEI, need to be addressed and dealt with through the smallest of gestures – those kindness, helpfulness and inclusiveness. I am contributing by addressing these issues of diversity and inclusion with others who face similar struggles because I believe the conversation around inclusivity needs to start from a personal one-on-one relationship.
Why is diversity, equity, and inclusion important to you? It wasn’t until my second semester that I realized the importance of DEI efforts, especially those aimed at inclusion, because of certain experiences I had. These situations helped me to realize that I really care about the need to foster a sense of belonging, which I believe is hugely possible through DEI initiatives.