OCTOBER 2018 DEI SPOTLIGHT
Name: Harley Etienne
Taubman College Affiliation/Title (student/staff/faculty/alum): Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning
Degree(s): B.A. in Sociology, M.A. in Urban Studies, and Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning
Home Country: United States
Language(s) Spoken: English, Haitian Kreyol, French, (some) Spanish
Racial Identity: Haitian-American
Favorite food: Spicy Chicken Tikki Masala
What are other identities that you would like to share? Episcopalian, Raised Working Class, Gay, Proud HBCU alumnus, Runner, Mentor
Favorite book/author and why: Too many to pick just one...but Toni Morrison, James Baldwin, Toni Cade Bambara, and Ralph Ellison are always go-tos for me
Favorite thing to do when not at TC: Travel and see as much of the world as possible and try to replicate my favorite meals when I get back home.
DEI Contribution/Highlight: Since I arrived in 2012, I have been active in the recruitment of students from HBCUs and organizing events such as the “Planning in a Post-Racial Society(?)” Symposium, and advising the planning for several MLK Symposium events. I have also regularly taught a course on race and social difference in the urban and regional planning program since 2013.
Why is diversity, equity, and inclusion important to you? Of course, I value diversity, but equity and inclusion are far more important to me. I think that ensuring that all people feel included, safe, and treated fairly actually does more to promote diversity than just focusing on the recruitment of talented underrepresented minority students, staff, and faculty.