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October 2020 DEI Spotlight - Lan Deng


Name: Lan Deng

Preferred Pronoun: She/Her/Hers 

Affiliation/Title: Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning  

Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Geography; Master of Science in Geography; Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning

Home Country: United States now, Grew up in China

Language(s) Spoken: English and Chinese

Gender Identity: Female

Racial Identity: Asian 

Favorite food: Kongpao chicken 

What are other identities that you would like us to know? Mother of two children 

Favorite book and why: My favorite book is Wonder by R. J. Palacio, which I was introduced to by my son five years ago when he was in third grade. I fell in love with it and will always remember the book’s message that kindness can bring us together no matter how far apart we are. I think this is especially important today given the struggles we are having.

Favorite thing to do when not at TC: Hiking with my kids in the many parks in Washtenaw County.

DEI Contribution/Highlight: I have served on the college’s One-School Task Force that organized a variety of activities to bring international students and domestic students together. I have also made myself a resource for international students, given my own experience of being an international student before. 

Why is diversity, equity, and inclusion important to you? DEI recognizes the value each of us brings to the community and how lucky we are to be able to work with each other with different backgrounds and experiences.


Additional October 2020 Featured "I Am Taubman" Spotlights: 

Ellie AbronsCharlene HobbsMUDSAAnna Thompson.  

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