OCTOBER 2018 DEI SPOTLIGHT
Name: Autumn Mengqiu Zhao
Taubman College Affiliation/Title (student/staff/faculty/alum): Graduate student
Degree(s): Master of Architecture Candidate, 2019; Master of Interior Design; Bachelor of Fine Arts; Bachelor of Arts in Music (Piano); Bachelor of Science
Home Country: China
Language(s) Spoken: English, Chinese
Gender Identity: Female
Racial Identity: Asian
Favorite food: Chickenless Chik'n Nuggets (Vegetarian)
What are other identities that you would like to share? I am a Buddhist. I practice Buddhism as a journey of spiritual growth, and I study Buddhism as a form of education, which aims at helping all living beings to achieve happiness and enlightenment.
Favorite book/author and why: My favorite book is Work Act - Philosophy of work by Kazuo Inamori. Kazuo Inamori is a Japanese philanthropist, entrepreneur, and the founder of Kyocera and KDDI. His philosophy of serving people and humbly practicing altruism through entrepreneurship is truly inspiring, which is also an example of how to learn from Oriental philosophy to do business in today’s world. It is crucial that we need to rethink about Capitalism and each technology-equipped profession, including architecture.
Favorite thing to do when not at TC: Do woodwork/carpentry, create homemade furniture, literally
DEI Contribution/Highlight: Be open-minded and go to lectures and events in Taubman College and other schools in U of M. Meet and talk to people from diverse backgrounds, and consciously learn from them and use my experience to promote inclusive design.
Why is diversity, equity, and inclusion important to you? To create free spaces and better built environments for all to live, work and celebrate lives motivates my study and work. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are the keys to such a diverse and peaceful future to which I hope to contribute.