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 (12 hours)
  • Transportation Equity Fundamentals II (12 hours)


Primary Presenter: Dr. Mehri MohebbiMehri M. Mohebbi, Ph.D., is the UFTI’s Equity in Transportation Lead. Her work focuses on developing inclusive engagement methods to promote equitable decision-making in transportation policies and practices. Her recent projects include: 1) exploring effective strategies to diversify the workforce and positively influence public views on available opportunities in the transportation industry, and 2) proposing a community-based approach to smart city planning. In addition to her scholarly and professional work, she has been actively involved in national and international professional organizations. She serves on Transportation Research Board (TRB) International Coordinating Council (A0020C) and two TRB committees (AME50 and AME20). Dr. Mohebbi received several international and national awards including the 2016 Helene M. Overly Award from the International Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS) and the 2007 Young Professional Planners’ Award from the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP). She received her master’s degree in Architectural Engineering from the University of Tehran (the icon of higher education in the Middle East) in 2005, and her doctoral degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Cincinnati in 2018.
European Perspective Presenter: Karel Martens Karel Martens, Ph.D., is a prominent international expert on transport and justice. He holds a master’s degree in Spatial Planning (1991) and a Ph.D. in Policy Sciences (2000), both from Radboud University, the Netherlands. He is a Full Professor of Transport Planning and holds the David J. Azrieli Chair in Architecture and Town Planning at the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, where he also heads the Fair Transport Lab. He has authored numerous publications on the topic, culminating in his book Transport Justice: Designing Fair Transportation Systems, which has been described by colleagues as “ground-breaking”, a “landmark”, and a “revolution”. He was one of the initiators of the EU COST Action on Transport Equity Appraisal (TEA), which brought together European experts to develop novel approaches to the integration of equity in the assessment of transport projects. In 2014, Martens was elected Transport Professional of the Year in the Netherlands, in part because of his inspiring work on transport and justice.
Joey Goldman is a Principal at Kearns & West, a collaboration and strategic communications firm. He 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 transit agencies to universities and 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 is the past co-chair the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Committee on Accessible Transportation and Mobility and sits on the TRB Special Committee for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
Larry Schooler, Ph.D., is a senior director at Kearns & West, a collaboration and strategic communications firm. Larry Schooler leads the discussion in Transportation Equity Fundamentals I. Dr. Schooler is a mediator, facilitator, and public engagement consultant for local, state, and federal agencies, as well as select private sector clients. He is also a member of the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin, where he teaches courses on conflict resolution and facilitative leadership. He is also a senior fellow for the National Civic League and the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life at the University of Texas. Dr. Schooler serves on the Board of Directors for the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation (NCDD) and 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. Dr. Schooler is married to Jolie (Spergel) Schooler and is the father of Sammy (age 11) and Robby (age 8); he and his family live in Austin.
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 Webinars

Introduction to Mobility Patterns & Transportation Project Equitable ProcessFebruary 17, 2021View video of this introductory session
Introduction to Equity Engagement March 31, 2021View video of this introductory session

Course Information

Transportation Equity Fundamentals I & II are offered several times a year.

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