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

SAVE THE DATE | WEBINAR 3: Wednesday, April 28 @ 10am CT

Wed., April 28

10-11:00am CT

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Webinar 3

Changing the TIDE in Transportation – Creating a supportive environment within the transportation research community. What can university transportation research centers do to create a supportive community for Blacks and African Americans who wish to study transportation? Join speakers as they talk about mentoring, recruitment, and ongoing retention and development programs that provide support for underrepresented students studying transportation.

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, April 28, to discuss this impactful movement in transportation at our 3rd webinar.

Moderator & Speakers

Ann Brach

Carol Lewis
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.

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Brad Mims

Hau Hagedorn
Associate Director
Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC)
Portland State University

Hau is the Associate Director of TREC at Portland State University and is responsible for the day-to-day management, operations and provides overall direction for the TREC’s peer-reviewed research and technology transfer programs, and shaping workforce development efforts. She actively participates in national efforts on conducting and implementing research. She also oversees programming and delivery of professional development workshops through the Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation (IBPI). She is co-Chair of the TRB Conduct of Research Committee, Chair of the Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (OBPAC), and member of the Region 1 Area Commission on Transportation (R1ACT). Hau has over 20 years of public and private sector experience in transportation. In her spare time, she runs to escape juggling the busy lives of three active kids.

Warren Whitlock

Thomas Carter
Assistant Dean, Academics and Student Affairs
University of Arkansas (Engineering)

Thomas Carter, III serves as the Assistant Dean for Academics and Student Affairs in the College of Engineering at the University of Arkansas.  In addition to co-authoring several papers on the subject, Thomas has, and continues to, oversee projects focused on retaining and recruiting minority students into the STEM fields.  His educational background includes a B.S. in Aviation from Henderson State University.

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 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