A webinar series on equity and
the Black experience in transportation
hosted by the Council of University
Transportation Centers

SAVE THE DATE: TIDE Series Panel @ the Summer CUTC Meeting | WEBINAR 5: Wed., June 16 @ 2:10pm CT

Wed., June 16

2:10pm CT

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Webinar 5

The TIDE Series Panel: Reflections and Pathways Forward. The panel, composed of the webinar series steering committee members, will reflect on the objectives of the TIDE series with the panelists offering their insights about the evolution of the series from the beginning to now.

The panelists will also reflect on their personal experiences in equity and research as well as discuss potential next steps in this series for CUTC. With engagement from the audience, the panel will suggest pathways for creating a more inclusive environment and incorporating equity in transportation research moving forward for both individual researchers as well as for university transportation centers.

Join us Wednesday, June 16, to continue this important conversation in ‘changing the TIDE’ in transportation.

Moderator & Panelists

Dr. Chandra Bhat

Dr. Chandra Bhat
Director, US DOT Center on Data-Supported Transportation Operations and Planning (D-STOP), The University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Chandra R. Bhat teaches courses in transportation systems analysis and transportation planning. He is a world-renowned expert in the area of transportation and urban policy design, with far reaching implications for public health, energy dependence, greenhouse gas emissions, and societal quality of life. Methodologically, he has been a pioneer in the formulation and use of statistical and econometric methods to analyze human choice behavior. His current research includes the social and environmental aspects of transportation, planning implications of connected and automated smart transportation systems (CASTS), e-commerce and information and communication technology (ICT) impacts on the activity and mobility behaviors of consumer and upstream supply chain providers, and data science and predictive analytics. He is a recipient of many awards, including the 2017 Council of University Transportation Center (CUTC) Lifetime Achievement Award in Transportation Research and Education, the 2015 American Association of Civil Engineering’s (ASCE’s) Frank Masters Award, and the 2013 German Humboldt Award. He was listed in 2017 as one of the top ten transportation thought leaders in academia by the Eno Foundation. He currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of Transportation Research – Part B.

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Dr. Carol Lewis

Dr. Carol Lewis
Emeritus Director, Center for Transportation Training & Research, Texas Southern University

Carol Abel Lewis, Ph.D. is a Professor in Transportation Studies and Emeritus Director of the Center for Transportation Training and Research at Texas Southern University. She is responsible for educating students in fundamentals of transportation and urban transportation issues, as well as conducting operational and policy related transportation research. Current research focuses on automated vehicles for public transportation, modal distribution and demand estimation for intercity rail systems, transit supportive development, bus operations on managed lanes and best practice in public involvement. Since joining TSU, Lewis has conducted research for the USDOT, Texas Department of Transportation, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, metropolitan planning organizations (Houston Galveston Area Council and North Central Texas Council of Governments) and with private transportation consultants. She served as Principal Investigator for the DHS National Transportation Security Center of Excellence. Appointments include the Gulf Coast Rail District (Currently serve as Chair by Houston Mayor and Harris County Judge & Commissioner’s Court) and Transportation Advocacy Group. She also serves as Transportation Research Board’s Chair of the Inclusion & Diversity Committee and Transportation Research Board’s Transit Research Advisory Committee (TRAC). She is a member of HGAC’s Transportation Policy Council and Transportation Advisory Committee. Lewis is honored to have received the Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership Award from the Houston Chapter of WTS and the TRB Sharon D. Banks Humanitarian Award. Her Ph.D. is from the University of Houston and Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Iowa.

Juan Matute

Juan Matute
Associate Director, Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

Juan is Deputy Director of the UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies, Juan manages the Center’s operations, external relations, research, and student programs. As a Lecturer in Urban Planning, Juan teaches graduate classes in Policy and Planning for the Mobility Revolution and Environmental Assessment for Urban Systems.

Dr. P.S. Srirage

Dr. P.S. Sriraj
Director, Urban Transportation Center, University of Illinois at Chicago

Dr. Sriraj is Director of UIC’s Urban Transportation Center. He is also Director of the Metropolitan Transportation Support Initiative. He holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Dr. Melissa Tooley

Dr. Melissa Tooley
Director of External Initiatives, Texas A&M Transportation Institute

Dr. Tooley is a Co-Chair for the TIDE Webinar Series. She is a former President of the Council of University Transportation Centers and a former President of the Research and Education Division of the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA). She also previously served as the Research Subcommittee Chair of the TRB Committee on Education and Training. In 2015, she chaired the National Academy of Sciences steering committee for the University Transportation Centers (UTC) Spotlight Conference on Automated and Connected Vehicles, and in 2014 chaired the supply chain track for the UTC Spotlight Conference on Economic Competitiveness. Dr. Tooley is a recipient of ARTBA’s S.S. Steinberg Award, given for outstanding contributions to transportation education. She has 17 years of experience as a UTC Director, having served as Director of 3 UTCs at two different institutions. She has served as an Associate UTC Director or in an advisory capacity for several more. Dr. Tooley joined TTI as the founding Director of the University Transportation Center for Mobility (UTCM), and subsequently served as Director of the Southwest University Transportation Center (SWUTC), a regional UTC. Prior to joining TTI, she was the Director of the Mack-Blackwell Rural Transportation Center (MBTC) at the University of Arkansas. She was an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Arkansas and the University of Florida.

Dr. Tooley is the Director of External Initiatives at TTI, which includes managing large research programs and federal affairs. Her personal research interests include AV/CV issues, border security, and transportation policy and planning. Dr. Tooley serves ARTBA as a member of the Board of Directors, and was the inaugural Chair of ARTBA’s Women Leaders in Transportation Design and Construction Council. She is a member of the Board of Regents of the Eno Transportation Foundation and is a former Eno Transportation Fellowship Recipient. Prior to joining academia, Dr. Tooley spent 10 years as a civil engineering consultant on projects involving roadway design, flood control, construction management, forensic engineering and civil infrastructure improvements.

About the webinar series

TIDE stands for Transparency, Inclusion, Diversity and Equity, and will focus on Black issues because of unique historical circumstances and the current national discussion. The series will enhance awareness of the challenges faced by our Black colleagues in the transportation field. By creating an opportunity for learning and dialogue, it is hoped that this series will result in a greater understanding of the Black experience in transportation, and provide ways in which the CUTC community can make our profession a more open and inclusive place for our Black students and colleagues.

How can we change the TIDE (Transparency, Inclusion, Diversity and Equity) in transportation, and improve the overall climate of our profession?

The nation has seen an upheaval in race relations and perceived biases in law enforcement and other aspects of life in recent times. There are strong arguments being made to justify the many actions and reactions on the part of government, private citizens, as well as various advocacy groups for Black people.

Transportation as an industry is not immune to the happenings in the country. In fact, one of the early triggers of the Civil Rights movement happened in the transportation industry (Rosa Parks). Since then, transportation and Civil Rights/Social Justice have been strongly linked to each other. It is our goal thus, as a community of transportation scholars, to discuss and address these societal issues when possible. Some of the problems such as access to jobs, access to food and healthcare, transit deserts, and spatial mismatch have all been studied by scholars over the last few decades. Solutions to these problems have been explored both from the technological perspective as well as the policy side.

While technology is advancing at a rapid pace and the introduction of new and emerging transportation technologies is happening all around us, there is a sense that the impact is not ubiquitous to all sections of society. On a different dimension, questions pertaining to equal representation in the workforce from different sections of society regardless of race, religion, gender, or sexual preference still persist.

Steering Committee

This effort is led by a Steering Committee made up of Dr. Carol Abel Lewis of Texas Southern University, Mr. Juan Matute of UCLA, and Dr. Camille Kamga of the City University of New York, who have provided vision, guidance and direction for co-chairs Dr. P.S. Sriraj of the University of Illinois-Chicago and Dr. Melissa Tooley of the Texas A&M Transportation Institute. Dr. Chandra Bhat of the University of Texas at Austin, and the current CUTC President, contributed to the conception of this series.

Webinar 4

May 20, 2021

Advancing equity in transportation research. In this webinar we discussed how transportation researchers build relationships and work with community-based organizations in marginalized communities or with people of different cultures? Listen to speakers: Dr. Tierra Bills (Assistant Professor, Wayne University), Dr. Regan Patterson (Transportation Equity Research Fellow at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation), and Dr. Susan Shaheen (Professor In-Residence, UC Berkeley) with our moderator, Juan Matute (Deputy Directory, UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies) share their experiences working with communities of color to collect travel data, co-creating research plans and work products with community-based organizations, and translating research expertise into policy change.


View:  Webinar 1Webinar 2 | Webinar 3

Moderator & Speakers

Deputy Director,
UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies
SPEAKERDr. Tierra Bills
Assistant Professor,
Wayne State University
SPEAKERDr. Regan Patterson
Transportation Equity Research Fellow at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
SPEAKERDr. Susan Shaheen
Professor In-Residence,
UC Berkeley

Webinar 3

April 28, 2021

Changing the TIDE in Transportation – Creating a supportive environment within the transportation research community. In this webinar we discussed what  university transportation research centers can do to create supportive communities for Blacks and African Americans who wish to study transportation. Listen to our speakers: TC (Thomas Carter, Assistant Dean, Academics and Student Affairs, University of Arkansas, Engineering) and Hau Hagedorn (Associate Director, Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC), Portland State University) and our moderator: Carol Lewis (Director Center for Transportation Training & Research, Texas Southern University) as they talk about mentoring, recruitment, and ongoing retention and development programs that provide support for underrepresented students studying transportation.


View:  Webinar 1Webinar 2

Moderator & Speakers

Director Center for Transportation Training & Research,
Texas Southern University
SPEAKERTC (Thomas Carter, III)
Assistant Dean, Academics and Student Affairs
University of Arkansas (Engineering)
SPEAKERHau Hagedorn
Associate Director
Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC)
Portland State University

Webinar 2

April 7, 2021

Black Americans in Transportation. The first webinar in the TIDE series featured a panel of national leaders who talked about their lived-in experiences in society and in their careers as a Black individual. This webinar focused on defining the problem as it pertains to Black Americans in Transportation. The panel discussed issues in furthering Equity and Inclusion, and actions that are being taken at the Federal level through modal administrations and through TRB. We had over 225 participants. Thank you for being part of this important conversation.


Moderator & Speakers

TRB Director of Technical Activities
SPEAKERBradley Mims
FAA Deputy Administrator
SPEAKERWarren Whitlock
FHWA’s Office of Civil Rights under Obama Administration

Webinar 1

February 22, 2021

In the inaugural session of the series, recognized thought leaders from industry, government and academia will laid the foundation for this webinar series, sharing their experiences and thoughts with attendees. Your questions aided in identifying topics for discussion in our next webinars.

Thank you for being a part of this important conversation. 

Moderator & Speakers

MODERATORNeil Pedersen
Executive Director, Transportation Research Board
SPEAKERDorval Carter, Jr.
President, Chicago Transit Authority
SPEAKERJacqueline (Jacky) Grimshaw
Center for Neighborhood Technology
SPEAKERGreg Winfree
Agency Director, Texas A&M Transportation Institute