This program is designed to provide transportation engineers with a transportation equity perspective and knowledge on how they can use the equity principles in their day-to-day work. This program consists of the following two courses.
- Transportation Equity Fundamentals I (8 hours)
- Transportation Equity Fundamentals II (8 hours)
|Mehri “Mehrsa” Mohebbi, Ph.D., is the UFTI’s Equity in Transportation Lead.
Dr. Mohebbi holds a Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Cincinnati, College of Design, Architecture, Arts, and Planning (DAAP). She has 15+ years of experience addressing health and social equity in transportation and community planning across the U.S. and internationally. She has collaborated with national professional associations and served on different committees and task forces such as the American Planning Association (APA) Social Equity Task Force and the APA Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Committee.
|Joey Goldman is a Vice President at Kearns & West, a collaboration and strategic communications firm. Joey Goldman leads the interactive exercises in Transportation Equity Fundamentals I. Joey Goldman has more than 25 years of experience leading community development and transportation projects with an emphasis on planning, public engagement, consensus building, communications, marketing, and branding. He also has expertise in regional and rural investment studies, mobility management, and Title VI and ADA compliance. Joey has worked extensively on multijurisdictional projects with partners ranging from universities to national parks, and his leadership in focus groups and survey design has been instrumental in engaging older adults, people with disabilities, and disadvantaged communities in major investment projects. Joey co-chairs the Transportation Research Board committee on Accessible Transportation and Mobility.
|Larry Schooler, Ph.D., is a director at Kearns & West, a collaboration and strategic communications firm. Larry Schooler leads the discussion in Transportation Equity Fundamentals I. Larry Schooler is a mediator, facilitator, and public engagement consultant for outside clients through Public Participation Partners. He is also a senior fellow for the National Civic League and the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life at the University of Texas. He also teaches in the public administration program at Northwestern University. He has served as president for the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2-USA) and on the leadership council of the Association for Conflict Resolution Environment and Public Policy Section.
|Todd Litman is founder and executive director of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute, an independent research organization dedicated to developing innovative solutions to transport problems. Todd Litman leads the interactive equity analysis in Transportation Equity Fundamentals II. His work helps expand the range of impacts and options considered in transportation decision-making, improve evaluation methods, and make specialized technical concepts accessible to a larger audience. His research is used worldwide in transport planning and policy analysis. Todd has worked on numerous studies that evaluate transportation equity, benefits and innovations. He authored the Online TDM Encyclopedia, a comprehensive Internet resource for identifying and evaluating mobility management strategies; Transportation Cost and Benefit Analysis: Techniques, Estimates and Implications, a comprehensive study which provides cost and benefit information in an easy-to-apply format; and Parking Management Best Practices, a comprehensive book on innovative management solutions to parking problems. Todd has worked as a research and planning consultant for a diverse range of clients, including government agencies, professional organizations, developers and nongovernment organizations. He has worked internationally in more than two dozen countries, on every continent except Antarctica.|
|Miguel Angel Vazquez, AICP, is a dynamic, multi-faceted positive thinker who combines his life experiences and professional insight with his passion for community empowerment through creativity and collaboration. Over the past two decades, he has provided professional planning and community development services to the private, public, and military sectors. Miguel Angel is one of the first planners hired by a public health department in the nation. His role at the Riverside University Health System-Public Health is to strengthen the integration of planning and health through collaboration with non-traditional partners. His current responsibilities involve COVID-19 response, healthy and equitable planning, active transportation, community engagement, and tobacco control. He is an active member of the American Planning Association (APA), APA Latinos in Planning, Planning and the Black Community and the Urban Design and Preservation Divisions, and the California Planning. He currently chairs the APA Arts in Planning Interest Group, the Planning for Health Equity, Advocacy and Leadership project and serves on the steering committees of Planners4Health California and the APA Inland Empire Section. The American Planning Association and affiliates have recognized his work and leadership with numerous awards, including the 2018 APA President’s Award and the 2020 APA California Distinguished Contribution Award. He is also a recipient of the 2021 Dale Prize. He received a bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies and Planning from California State University, Northridge, and is a fellow of the California Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health. Miguel Angel was born and raised in Mexico City and lives in Riverside, CA with his wife and sons.
|Susan A. Wood, FAICP, is a Planning Project Manager, Environmental, with 14 years in transit planning, which was preceded by more than 10 years in land use planning where she worked for local governments in the Denver Metropolitan area. At RTD, she oversees both project clearance and compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act. She holds a MURP degree from the University of Colorado at Denver and a B.S. degree in Geology from Baylor University. Within APA, she serves as the Board Director, Region V, on the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee, and on the Legislative and Policy Committee, where she co-chaired APA’s Planning for Equity Policy Guide. Previously, she served on the Chapter Presidents Council (CPC) Executive Committee and the Social Equity Task Force. For APA Colorado, Susan is a Legislative Committee member and is a past-president of the chapter.
|Introduction to Mobility Patterns & Transportation Project Equitable Process||February 17, 2021||View video of this introductory session|
|Introduction to Equity Engagement||March 31, 2021||View video of this introductory session|
Transportation Equity Fundamentals I & II are offered several times a year.