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February 2021 DEI Spotlight - Cyrus Peñarroyo

FEBRUARY 2021 DEI SPOTLIGHT

Name: Cyrus Peñarroyo

Preferred Pronoun: He/him/His

Affiliation/Title: Assistant Professor of Architecture

Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Architecture; Master of Architecture

Home Country: United States 

Language(s) Spoken: English 

Gender Identity: Still processing 

Racial Identity: Asian 

Favorite Food: Chicken Adobo (preferably Mom’s)

What are other identities that you would like to share? Queer, Filipino 

Favorite book and why: I was really moved by Ocean Vuong’s On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, a novel that vividly intertwines an immigrant story and a coming-out story. As a poet, his particular use of language to discuss trauma, love, and survival is both shattering and inspiring.

Favorite thing to do when not at TC: Riding roller coasters and trying out new recipes

DEI Contribution/Highlight: In my teaching, I’m always rethinking content and format in order to create learning environments that embrace different perspectives and encourage participation from all students. I have also been working on research and design projects that aim to deconstruct barriers to digital access in urban settings.

Why is diversity, equity, and inclusion important to you? I value DEI, especially equity, because structural transformation is only possible when everyone – especially communities that have been historically misrepresented or excluded – has equal access to knowledge, resources, and opportunities.

 


Additional February 2021 Featured "I Am Taubman" Spotlights: 

Earl Bell.  Emily Ebersol.  Olivia Raisanen.  Torri Smith. 

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