October 2018 DEI SPOTLIGHT
Name: Expanded Horizons
Photo Credit: Cameron Carley
Co-Chairs: Christopher Corbett and Gwen Gell
About Group: Expanded Horizons is a one-credit class organized by students for students. It is an immersive experience for incoming Master of Urban and Regional Planning students to explore Midwest cities and build stronger relationships between each other. This experience gives students an opportunity to visit development sites, network with alumni, interact with leaders, community-based organizations and a host of other planning-related organizations.
Faculty Advisor: Eric Dueweke
Group Achievements: For the first time in the group’s history, Expanded Horizons students went to the City of Detroit to explore planning initiatives from various organizations. Students and organizations shared a common interest in the redevelopment and future of Detroit.
“The idea that stuck with me the most was [that] of roots and rootedness in a neighborhood...As we move forward, we need to remember to keep these Detroiters and their individual stories at the forefront of the work we do. Without the people, there is no city.”
Favorite activity: With all of the site visits, it is difficult to choose a specific favorite activity, but the networking event was truly special. Former Expanded Horizons organizers, alums, site hosts, and planning colleagues throughout the City of Detroit came out to connect with current Taubman College planning students.
DEI Contribution/Highlight: Expanded Horizons creates an opportunity for students to learn from each other in a different environment. It is a neutral space where relationships between students are cultivated. Additionally, it exposes Taubman College students to DEI in planning by visiting organizations which handle these situations and conversations every day. Expanded Horizons not only provides students with a chance to practice DEI but also showcases professional examples of planners approaching DEI on the ground.
Why is diversity, equity, and inclusion important to you?: The interaction and integration of all people break down barriers, fosters creativity, and challenges perceived norms, which results in the building of foundational relationships that cultivate an authentic and welcoming future.
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