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.