Educator, researcher, designer, author, and activist
Tasoulla Hadjiyanni, Ph.D.
Founder and Director
College of Design, University of Minnesota
Through Culturally Enriched Communities and The Right to Home, I leverage my architectural training along with my research and teaching experience to advocate for built environments that eliminate disparities and create communities where everyone can thrive. I am a refugee from Cyprus and the childhood trauma of losing my home drives my commitment and informs my interdisciplinary and community engaged approach. What gives me purpose is the major premise behind The Making of a Refugee - that the impacts of displacement carry through for generations. Caught in these turbulent waters are our BIPOC (Black, indigenous, people of color), refugee, and immigrant communities, which are disproportionately impacted by disparities. The existence of disparities however, threatens the promise of a thriving future for everyone. With our micro-steps and micro-solutions, you can become a Cultural Enricher who uses the power of the built environment to help create homed, safe, healthy, educated, productive, and connected communities for all.