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January 2021 DEI Spotlight - Akima Brackeen


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.


Additional January 2021 Featured "I Am Taubman" Spotlights:

Demetrius FordAlex JudelsohnJulia McMorroughHolly Naveh.

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