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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. Here’s a look at some of the programs and activities that have been launched or are underway:

 

  • Established the Diversity Toll Excellence Award (2021)
  • Worked with the IBTTA Foundation to raise and allocate $15,000 for financial scholarships for three student of HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) in 2020
  • Established the Book Club of Enlightenment (How to be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi, launching Oct 28)
  • Creating Enlightenment Speaker Series (Quarterly Diversity and Inclusion webinars, beginning Feb 2021)
  • Planning additional programs and activities (including periodic meet-ups offering open communication among members and providing a safe space for dialogue)
  • Partnering with COMTO (Conference of Minority Transportation Officials)
  • Exploring partnership with other associations who share a commitment to inclusion
  • Membership survey of employment equity and business supplier diversity
  • Develop a repository of “How tos” for membership organizations (such as hiring practices, performance evaluations, workplace issues, internship programs)
  • Diversity Spotlights
  • Mentorship efforts

Officers & Members

Co-Chair

  Ferzan Ahmed
Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission

Co-Chair

  Joi Dean
Richmond Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Members
Working Group on Recognition
Awards and Scholarships

Members

  • Tawnya Freund
  • Christopher George
  • Dee Anne Heath
  • Brad Humphrey
  • Rosa Rountree
  • Francine Steelman
Working Group on Enlightenment
Education and Training

Members

  • Carolyn Brown
  • Mydria Clark
  • Matthew Cole
  • Bryan Homayouni
  • Brad Humphrey
  • Sheryl Johnson
  • Julius Kanyamunyu
  • Myneca Ojo
  • Kristin Olsen
  • Patty Rubstello
  • Terri Slack
  • Shannon Swank
Working Group on Growth
Outreach and Partnership

Members

  • Snehal Ambare
  • Stephanie Blanco
  • George Christopher
  • Mydria Clark
  • Tawnya Freund
  • Reema Griffith
  • Dee Anne Heath
  • Myneca Ojo
  • Rosa Rountree
  • Francine Steelman
Working Group on Best Practices

Members

  • Carolyn Brown
  • Matthew Cole
  • Amanda Corson
  • Marcelle Jones
  • Myneca Ojo