October 2019 DEI SPOTLIGHT
Name: Mireille Roddier
Preferred Pronoun: She/Her/Hers
Affiliation/Title: Associate Professor of Architecture
Degree(s): Bachelor of Architecture, Master of Architecture, Master of Science in Urbanism & Sociology
Home Country: France, United States
Language(s) Spoken: French, English
Gender Identity: Female
Favorite food: Seafood
Favorite book/author and why: Book: The Revolution of Everyday Life by Raoul Vaneigem. It’s a poetic manifesto for a lived and examined life that exudes optimism and belief in humanity. I am grateful for authors Marina Tsvetaeva, Walter Benjamin, Hélène Cixous, Gloria Anzaldúa, bell hooks and Sara Ahmed for informing my outlook with such clarity.
Favorite thing to do when not at TC: Swim underwater, walk cities, make music, spend time with my family and friends, dance, cook, read, learn, synthesize.
DEI Contribution/Highlight: Through the content of my teaching—seminars specific to issues of class and gender as well as required courses—in which I foreground unprivileged views and the construction of margins/centers; through a joint affiliation with Women’s Studies and cross-listed seminars which enable Taubman students to learn with and from LSA students who focus primarily on DEI issues; through dedicated mentorship; through the time I invest reading and learning, and my subsequent research and publications.
Why is diversity, equity, and inclusion important to you? Because unless we actively work on the fair distribution of knowledge and opportunities, we are reproducing patterns of privilege concentration, oppression, and exclusion—a scenario to which I’d rather not contribute.