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October 2020 DEI Spotlight - Anna Thompson

October 2020 DEI SPOTLIGHT

Name: Anna Thompson

Preferred Pronoun: She/Her/Hers 

Affiliation/Title: Graduate Student 

Degree(s): Bachelor of Arts in Peace and Justice Studies; Bachelor of Arts in Spanish; Master of Urban and Regional Planning, Candidate 2021

Home Country: United States

Language(s) Spoken: English, Spanish 

Gender Identity: Female

Racial Identity: Black, White 

Favorite food: Jet's Pizza 

Favorite book and why: The Book of Joy by Douglas Abrams, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and the Dalai Lama because it is a look into the deep friendship shared by the authors and how despite their unique hardships of exile, violence, and oppression - or, as they would say, because of them - they are two of the most joyful people on the planet

Favorite thing to do when not at TC: Connect with friends

DEI Contribution/Highlight: I have lots of opportunities to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion at Taubman College in my roles as a DEI Student Coordinator, UPSA member, and Design Justice coordinator. A highlight has been serving on the MLK Symposium committee, planning the annual symposium event honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. while engaging a social justice issue relevant to architecture and urban planning. 

Why is diversity, equity, and inclusion important to you? I believe that every experience is most rewarding when all participants are able to bring their entire selves. A diverse, equitable, and inclusive Taubman College allows us to learn from each other and critique our understanding of the roles and responsibilities we have as planners, architects, designers, and people.


Additional October 2020 Featured "I Am Taubman" Spotlights: 

Ellie AbronsLan DengCharlene HobbsMUDSA

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