March 2019 DEI SPOTLIGHT
Name: Irene Hwang
Preferred Pronoun: She/her/hers
Affiliation/Title: Assistant Chair of Architecture
Degree(s): Bachelor of Arts in International Relations with a minor in Art History; Masters in Architecture
Home Country: United States
Language(s) Spoken: English, Spanish, Chinese (Mandarin)
Gender Identity: Female
Favorite food: Ice cream
Favorite book and why: One of my favorite books is Garner’s Modern American Usage because it helps me see American English, the language I know best, in an entirely different light. It gives meaning to words, beyond their basic definitions, as well as how they are used and how language evolves. A second favorite is On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen by Harold McGee because it explains things like why egg whites turn white when you cook them!
Favorite thing to do when not at TC: Spend time with family and friends, and hobbies!
DEI Contribution/Highlight: I would ask that question of others around me. Perhaps my own (biased) answer is: I am a product of a diverse set of experiences, which has allowed me to see the positive sides of DEI, as well as the growing pains associated with it. From that filter, I’ve learned to listen first, as a primary way of connecting with others.
Why is diversity, equity, and inclusion important to you? The unknown creates fear, something I understand as part of human nature. By supporting DEI, we know not only ourselves but those around us as we connect with new perspectives. This widens our ability to experience more things, which is a fundamental perk of life!