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October 2019 DEI Spotlight - Brittany Simmons

October 2019 DEI SPOTLIGHT

Name: Brittany Simmons

Preferred Pronoun: She/Her/Hers

Affiliation/Title: Student

Degree(s): Bachelor of Arts in Social Theory & Practice and Spanish, Master of Urban and Regional Planning Candidate 2020

Home Country: United States

Language(s) Spoken: English, Spanish, and a smidgen of Portuguese 

Gender Identity: Female

Favorite food: Tacos [authentic and otherwise] 

Favorite book and why: A more recent favorite is Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – a (somewhat love) story that really narrates the Black experience in America and elsewhere as we navigate race, hair politics, gender, and the sense of home and place.

Favorite thing to do when not at TC: I love spending time in parks, sitting, reading, and hoping for a dog sighting.

DEI Contribution/Highlight: Last year, I served as a student coordinator for Taubman College Pathways, a program that seeks to diversify the fields of architecture and urban planning through creating pathways for underrepresented undergraduate students to experience Taubman’s academic and professional offerings. I am excited to return this year as the Program Coordinator to continue this meaningful work. 

Why is diversity, equity, and inclusion important to you? I partially joined the field of urban planning because of the absence of DEI efforts that have existed for centuries in this profession. We as people who will be working in the built environment must acknowledge and address where our fields have failed in order to foster sustainable, equitable development.


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CJ DarrRob GoodspeedLeah HongMireille Roddier

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