November 2018 DEI SPOTLIGHT
Name: Amy Spooner
Preferred Pronoun: She/her/hers
Affiliation/Title: Staff - Marketing Manager
Degree(s): Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
Home Country: United States
Language(s) Spoken: English
Gender Identity: Female
Racial Identity: White
Favorite food: A good steak cooked to a perfect medium rare
Favorite book and why: Anne of Green Gables, by L.M. Montgomery. It encapsulates the idyllicism of childhood while at the same time confronting biases and challenging circumstances, and reminding us to embrace the beauty of everyday moments.
Favorite thing to do when not at TC: Explore our state’s and our country’s natural wonders in my tent, pop-up camper, hiking boots, and/or the wooden kayaks that my husband and I built.
DEI Contribution/Highlight: As the editor of Taubman College’s alumni magazine, Portico, I strive to create a publication that is reflective of our community -- students and faculty, as well as alumni around the world. The diversity of identities, experiences, and career paths makes the Taubman College community so vibrant, and it’s an honor to share those stories.
Why is diversity, equity, and inclusion important to you? I have been given extraordinary opportunities as the result of my race, socioeconomic status, citizenship, and moment in time that I am alive. Not everyone has been, or is, so fortunate. Attending the University of Michigan opened my eyes to the world beyond the homogenous town in which I was raised. Now, as the mother of a young son, I feel a heavy responsibility to instill in him a curiosity about the world, an open acceptance of all people, and a desire to help others that will be fueled by a strong sense of social justice and by gratefulness for all that we have been given.