February 2019 DEI SPOTLIGHT
Name: India Solomon
Preferred Pronoun: She/her/hers
Degree(s): Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy; Master of Urban and Regional Planning Candidate 2019
Home Country: United States
Language(s) Spoken: English, French, and a little bit of Indonesian
Gender Identity: Female
Racial Identity/Ethnicity: Black and other things
Favorite food: French Fries
Favorite book and why: Becoming, Michelle Obama. This seems cliche, and I could have chosen from a host of my literary favorites, but the power of seeing yourself—bits and pieces of your lived experiences—in someone's true story is unmatched.
Favorite thing to do when not at TC: Finding somewhere with comfy seating and nice windows where I can read and people watch.
DEI Contribution/Highlight: I strive to be a constant champion of the ideals of diversity, equity, and inclusion not only through extracurricular involvements in organizations like UPSA and the Urban Planning Martin Luther King Symposium Committee but also through classroom discussions and daily interactions with my peers. The interesting thing about being black, being a woman, and being gay is that I am a walking affront to the status quo, and I take advantage of that.
Why is diversity, equity, and inclusion important to you? Every culture has a role to play in making our society whole, and everyone deserves space to live out their identity in full force. Diversity, equity, and inclusion accept the premise that equality is not enough. That difference is what makes communities strong, and access to opportunity is what makes them equitable.