November 2019 DEI SPOTLIGHT
Name: Craig Wilkins
Preferred Pronoun: He/Him/His
Affiliation/Title: Senior Lecturer
Degree(s): Bachelor of Architecture, Master of Science in Urban Development, PhD
Home Country: United States
Language(s) Spoken: English (some spanish & a tiny bit of portuguese, alas)
Gender Identity: Male
Favorite food: Frutos do Mar, Masa, Jambalaya, Paella, and Piaya
Favorite book and why: Amusing Ourselves to Death, by Neil Postman.
Favorite thing to do when not at TC: Visit family, write, create art, travel and listen to live music.
DEI Contribution/Highlight: In 2006 I began an afterschool, voluntary architecture program for high school students in Detroit. This program has now grown into a year-long, credit-granting architectural experience entitled ArchPrep. In it’s various iterations it has touched the lives of easily over 200 students typically underrepresented in the field, some of which are current students and graduates of Taubman College.
Why is diversity, equity, and inclusion important to you? As one the few African Americans students, practitioners, and academics at almost every institution I’ve studied or worked, I know that representation matters. it’s critical for a well-rounded educational and professional experience that one engages and learns from, rather than fears and runs from, difference in all its forms.