Tia, a graduate student at the University of Chicago College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, has a passion for public policy and spatial planning. Their most recent project is an ecological design studio, where they redesigned the downtown area of Chicago to be more flood resistant. They used nature based pollutants and system based thinking to be core ecologically sustainability in the face of climate change, being able to take on water with flooding. As an intern, Tia develops an online City Watch newsletter, where their research and writing heighten a sense to truth and transparency overlooked by the community in Asheville, NC. They hope to shed a light on  issues in everyday systems that are often overlooked by society.