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February 2021 DEI Spotlight - Olivia Raisanen


Name: Olivia Raisanen  

Preferred Pronoun: She/Her/Hers

Affiliation/Title: Graduate Student 

Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Design - Architectural Studies; Bachelor of Arts in Spanish; Master of Architecture, Candidate 2021 

Home Country: United States 

Language(s) Spoken: English (native), Spanish

Gender Identity: Cis Woman 

Racial Identity: White 

Favorite Food: Pho 

Favorite book and why:  It's too hard to choose a favorite. I enjoy fantasy and sci-fi novels that have elements of world-building, because I enjoy the occupation of time in another world through the perspective of a character.

Favorite thing to do when not at TC: Rock climbing, Hiking

DEI Contribution/Highlight: We must address the disparities within the architectural discipline (both in the profession and academia) to be able to work towards a more socially, environmentally, and spatially just built world. Having people with a diversity of perspectives and experiences working within the discipline is imperative for this to be accomplished.

Why is diversity, equity, and inclusion important to you? I have worked along with Madison Rogers as co-facilitator of the DJA Syllabi Review Committee to work to address DJA Action Item #6 through beginning conversations around the syllabi of required courses within the architecture program at Taubman College. We have worked with a number of other students within the college and with McLain Clutter, the Chair of Architecture, to create small, informal working groups made up of both faculty and students to foster working conversation around course content, teaching methodologies, and course expectations in regards to faculty syllabi.


Additional February 2021 Featured "I Am Taubman" Spotlights: 

Earl Bell.  Emily Ebersol.  Cyrus Peñarroyo.  Torri Smith.

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