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.