JANUARY 2021 DEI SPOTLIGHT
Name: Akima Brackeen
Preferred Pronoun: She/Her/Hers
Affiliation/Title: Graduate Student
Degree(s): Bachelor of Architecture; Master of Architecture, Candidate 2021
Home Country: USA
Language(s) Spoken: English
Gender Identity: Female
Racial Identity: Black
Favorite food: Sushi and Nachos
What are other identities that you would like to share? Bay-Area Native
Favorite book and why: My favorite book always changes but books by bell hooks are always in rotation.
Favorite thing to do when not at TC: Travel (before COVID), read, hike, bike
DEI Contribution/Highlight: In my time at Taubman, I’ve worked with the Equity in Architectural Education Consortium (EAEC) to help coordinate and create a mentorship program across partnering institutions (high school, colleges, graduate programs, early professionals practices through advanced professional practices) to create a community that supports students of color and other underrepresented minorities in architecture. I am also working as a Rackham Student Ally to help develop a discussion series, titled Under Consideration, that brings together students and faculty to engage in conversations centered around social justice issues within the built environment.
Why is diversity, equity, and inclusion important to you? The profession and academia lack representation so feeling a sense of support or belonging in such spaces is fundamental in thriving and building community.