OCTOBER 2020 DEI SPOTLIGHT
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.