NOVEMBER 2020 DEI SPOTLIGHT
Name: Wendy Rampson, AICP
Preferred Pronoun: She/Her/Hers
Affiliation/Title: Director of Admissions, Urban and Regional Planning Program
Degree(s): Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies, Master of Urban Planning
Home Country: United States
Language(s) Spoken: English
Gender Identity: Female
Racial Identity: Caucasian
Favorite food: Every variation of bread
What are other identities that you would like to share? Baby Boomer, native Michigander
Favorite book and why: I love biographies and historical fiction because they give me insight into the way things are today.
Favorite thing to do when not at TC: Spend Saturday mornings at the Ann Arbor Farmers’ Market, play ice hockey and do genealogy research.
DEI Contribution/Highlight: I work with my Admissions and Recruiting colleagues to recruit a diverse cohort of students to the planning program by providing support to the Pathways program, coaching first-generation students on the application process, and nominating students for the Rackham Masters Awards. Once in the program, I work to support students’ transition to graduate school and link them to professional networks.
Why is diversity, equity, and inclusion important to you? As an AICP planner, I have a responsibility to serve the public interest. For me, this means working to build prosperous and resilient communities by seeking to expand choice and opportunity for all persons, including those whose voices have historically been excluded.