October 2019 DEI SPOTLIGHT
Name: Brittany Simmons
Preferred Pronoun: She/Her/Hers
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.