March 2019 DEI SPOTLIGHT
Name: Lou Ecken Kidd
Preferred Pronoun: She/her/hers
Affiliation/Title: Director of Career and Professional Development
Degree(s): Master of Public Health, Master of Social Work, Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Health Science
Home Country: United States
Language(s) Spoken: English, very basic Spanish
Gender Identity: Female
Racial Identity/Ethnicity: White
What are other identities that you would like to share? Daughter/sister/twin/aunt/pet mom/wife and life-long Michigander (from the thumb!)
Favorite food: Italian, fruit, chocolate chip cookies
Favorite book and why: I read everything, everywhere, and very quickly. I love books that make me think and inspire me, but also I very much appreciate a quick novel.
Favorite thing to do when not at TC: Run, be outside in nature, read, spend time at my parent’s cottage in the summer, play music/sing, go wine tasting, spend time in coffee shops, travel
DEI Contribution/Highlight: I strive to ensure that all students/alumni/employers/staff/faculty feel valued in their communications with me and also seek to grow my awareness related to DEI. I also continue trying to build equal access to the skill development and career opportunities that we provide at Taubman College.
Why is diversity, equity, and inclusion important to you? Consistency, connectedness, and empathy are three themes in my StrengthsFinder results, which means that I’m very passionate about treating people fairly. My gut knowledge indicates that there are deeper links between all people/actions. Although it’s not always easy or comfortable, I believe having everyone at the table creates a more vibrant discussion and ultimately a better world for all.