November 2018 DEI SPOTLIGHT
Name: Gwen Gell
Preferred Pronoun: She/her/hers
Affiliation/Title: Graduate student
Degree(s): Master of Urban and Regional Planning and Master of Urban Design Candidate; 2019
Home Country: United States
Language(s) Spoken: English
Gender Identity: Female
Racial Identity: White
Favorite food: Bread, cheese, greens (and wine)!
Favorite book and why: Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmer. It is a beautiful memoir about the interconnected relationship between humans and nature. Anecdotal stories are told through the lens of a person who is both an academically-trained botanist and indigenous citizen. After reading this book, I perceive the world in a different light and carry its lessons with me.
Favorite thing to do when not at TC: I love to ride my bicycle, garden, cook, eat, and dance!
DEI Contribution/Highlight: As a co-organizer for Expanded Horizons, I organized site visits for Master of Urban and Regional Planning students to a wide range of Detroit-based organizations. These organizations are comprised of people of different ages, races, resource and education levels working together to make the city a better place.
Why is diversity, equity, and inclusion important to you? DEI is important to me because the interaction and integration of all people have the capabilities to break down barriers, foster creativity, and challenge perceived norms. It builds foundational relationships to cultivate an authentic and welcoming future for everyone.