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Task Force on Diversity, Social, and Racial Inclusion

Mission

The mission of the Task Force on Diversity, Social, and Racial Inclusion is to listen to the voices of those in our association and society who truly understand and recognize the depth of the inequity caused by racial and social injustice. With this knowledge, we will work to implement practices and programs that contribute to racial and social justice in our IBTTA family and beyond.

Objectives

The Task Force was formed in August 2020 and has already undertaken a number of initiatives, which can be viewed under each of the Working Groups below.


 Staff Liaison to the Task Force: Terri Lankford, tlankford@ibtta.org

Schedule of Programs and Events

A yearly comprehensive list of events, programs, and initiatives of the Working Groups of the Task Force.

2022   2021

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award

View the 2022 Winners


Co-Chairs

Co-Chair

  Ferzan Ahmed
Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission

Co-Chair

  Joi Dean
Richmond Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Working Groups
Working Group on Enlightenment
Education and Training

"Enlightenment" Working Group
 Objectives
  • Creating Speaker Series (Quarterly Diversity and Inclusion webinars, beginning with COMTO's April Rai in June, 2022)
  • Planning additional programs and activities (including periodic meet-ups offering open communication among members and providing a safe space for dialogue)

 Members
  • Carolyn Brown
  • Matthew Cole
  • Bryan Homayouni
  • Brad Humphrey
  • Sheryl Johnson
  • Myneca Ojo
  • Patty Rubstello
  • Kristin Sholl
  • Terri Slack
  • Shannon Swank
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Working Group on Recognition
Awards and Scholarships

"Recognition" Working Group
Objectives
  • Established the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Award in 2021 as a permanent IBTTA award
  • Worked with the IBTTA Foundation to raise and allocate $15,000 for financial scholarships for students of HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) in 2020; and further established the diversity scholarship as a permanent award in 2021 and beyond
  • Diversity Spotlights
  • Mentorship efforts

 Members
  • Snehal Ambare
  • George Christopher
  • Ron Fagan
  • Tawnya Freund
  • Brad Humphrey
  • Samuel Johnson
  • Rosa Rountree
  • Chris Tomlinson
  • Dee Anne Vickery
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Working Group on Growth and Best Practices
Outreach and Partnership

"Growth and Best Practices" Working Group
Objectives

 Members 
  • Snehal Ambare
  • Ronald Bonilla
  • Carolyn Brown
  • George Christopher
  • Mydria Clark
  • Matthew Cole
  • Amanda Corson
  • Rick Crooks
  • Laurie Davis
  • Bryan Emery
  • Tawnya Freund
  • Reema Griffith
  • John Keller
  • Takesha McClane
  • Myneca Ojo
  • Lori Olin
  • Rosa Rountree
  • Courtney Royer
  • Amit Thomas
  • Dee Anne Vickery
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Resources
  Podcast
Brené Brown with Aiko Bethea on Creating Transformative Cultures

Click for a direct link to the Podcast

  TEDx Talk
TEDx, The Geography of Inequality, Kevin Ehrman-Solberg

Click for a direct link to YouTube video

  Video Interview
Isabel Wilkerson, "Caste" (with Bryan Stevenson)

Click for a direct link to the YouTube video (includes ads)

  Music
Diversity and Enlightenment Spotify Playlist

Click for a direct link to the Spotify Playlist

  Literature
Book Club's Reading List

Black, White, and the Grey by Mashama Bailey and John O. Morisano :: September 29, 2022

Previously Discussed

Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do by Jennifer Eberhardt :: July 7, 2022

I Am Not Your Negro by James Baldwin :: April 28, 2022

I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein

How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

  Additional Resources
More Recommendations to Review

West Hartford is mostly white, while Bloomfield is largely Black; how that came to be tells the story of racism and segregation in American suburbs by Alex Putterman (from the Hartford Courant)

Mapping Segregation Story Maps from Mapping Segregation in Washington DC project, which reveals the profound role of race in shaping the nation's capital during the first half of the 20th century.

An Antiracist Reading List [NY Times article, Ibram X. Kendi on books to help America transcend its racist heritage.]

Podcast interview with Isabell Wilkerson on “Caste”  [NY Times Book Review]