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October 2019 DEI Spotlight - Rob Goodspeed

October 2019 DEI SPOTLIGHT

Name: Rob Goodspeed

Preferred Pronoun: He/Him/His

Affiliation/Title: Assistant Professor of Urban Planning

Degree(s): Bachelor of Art in History (University of Michigan), Master of Community Planning (University of Maryland), PhD in Urban and Regional Planning (MIT)

Home Country: United States

Language(s) Spoken: English

Gender Identity: Male

Favorite food: Whatever my toddler will eat!

Favorite book and why: Recently, I enjoyed Tony Judt’s book Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945, which describes how European countries rebuilt their societies and sought to respond to the legacies of totalitarianism and the Holocaust.

Favorite thing to do when not at TC: Go biking or work in the garden with my spouse and daughter.

DEI Contribution/Highlight: One way I am able to advance DEI is through my class on Collaborative Planning, which delves deeply into how communities and stakeholders can work together effectively and navigate diverse racial, ethic, and cultural identities. When I teach more technical courses, such as GIS or Planning Methods, I highlight how they can be used to analyze social inequality, but also the ways in which many professional methods promote certain questions or points of view.

Why is diversity, equity, and inclusion important to you? I moved from the state of Maine to Ann Arbor to attend the University of Michigan as an undergraduate. The stark inequality in metro Detroit—and the opportunity to learn about it at UM—played a role in inspiring me eventually to pursue planning to understand how it had come about and explore the potential for progressive reforms.


Additional October 2019 Featured "I Am Taubman" Spotlights: 

CJ Darr. Leah HongMireille Roddier. Brittany Simmons.

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