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.