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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, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) 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 (next book is So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo)
  • Creating Speaker Series (Quarterly Diversity and Inclusion webinars, beginning Spring 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); and exploring partnership with other associations who share a commitment to inclusion
  • Ongoing collection of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion policies and programs from toll agencies across the industry
  • Membership survey of employment equity and business supplier diversity
  • Diversity Spotlights
  • Mentorship efforts

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

Officers & Members

Co-Chair

  Ferzan Ahmed
Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission

Co-Chair

  Joi Dean
Richmond Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Working Group Members
Working Group on Recognition
Awards and Scholarships

 

Members of the Working Group on Recognition

  • Snehal Ambare
  • Stephanie Blanco
  • George Christopher
  • Ron Fagan
  • Tawnya Freund
  • Dee Anne Heath
  • Brad Humphrey
  • Rosa Rountree
  • Francine Steelman
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Working Group on Enlightenment
Education and Training

 

Members of the Working Group on Enlightenment

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

 

Members of the Working Group on Growth

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

 

Members of the Working Group on Best Practices

  • Carolyn Brown
  • Matthew Cole
  • Amanda Corson
  • Rick Crooks
  • Marcelle Jones
  • Myneca Ojo
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Resources
  Podcast
Brené Brown with Aiko Bethea on Creating Transformative Cultures

Click for a direct link to the Podcast

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

Click for a direct link to YouTube video

  Music
Diversity and Enlightenment Spotify Playlist

Click for a direct link to the Spotify Playlist

  Literature
Book Club's Reading List

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

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

  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.