ITE believes that differences in background and experience enrich the culture and experiences of ITE for our membership as they do for the communities in which we live and work. Because personal experience and identity shape how people see the world, greater inclusion will provide a more thoughtful, open, and integrated sharing of ideas and experiences across the entire global membership. It is to the benefit of all our members to seek greater diversity of ideas and experiences that will help us to be in a position to tackle transportation’s biggest challenges and to develop the preparedness and resilience that ITE will need to address future challenges that cannot be currently defined.
Actively encouraging participation from traditionally underrepresented groups to pursue careers in transportation and to become members as well as leaders within ITE is one means to bring a more diverse and inclusive membership into ITE.
With that in mind and in support of our strategic plan, ITE President, Michael Sanderson, established the Diversity & Inclusion Committee. This committee, led by Alyssa Rodriguez is working to identify both activities and systematic policies to strategically enable diversity and inclusion efforts throughout ITE.
One of the first activities the committee undertook, was supporting the participation of ITE members in the STEM Inclusion Study, a broad scale survey into the workplace experiences of thousands of individuals within the science and technology fields. As a result of ITE’s participation, we released the following analysis in the July 2018 ITE Journal: http://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ITE/G96287_ITE_July2018/index.php#/12
ITE benefits from having a strong foundation of diversity and inclusion policies because we create an environment where our members feel valued and they are encouraged to share different perspectives, putting us in a position to help our members benefit from innovative and creative solutions.
ITE welcomes all people with an interest in transportation to our organization where they can be valued and active participants.
ITE promotes, supports and develops a diverse membership that reflects both the demographics and cultures of the communities we serve and the varying disciplines of professional transportation practice.
ITE supports and encourages all its members to incorporate strategies in their daily practice – from planning and design through operations and maintenance – that allow for equitable access to transportation options.
ITE will seek to accelerate recruitment and member development where gaps exist among the demographics and cultures of our regions, our membership and our leadership and/or where economic disadvantages limit access to transportation career opportunities.
By promoting inclusive policies and procedures, ITE will establish and maintain an environment where all current and future transportation professionals will be given equitable opportunities to participate as their authentic selves and feel welcome to engage in any Institute activity regardless of age, gender (including gender identity and expression), race, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, language, socio-economic status, religion, political beliefs
, or physical ability. Members will have access to and are encouraged to provide a welcoming, engaging, positive professional environment for all.
Please join the ITE Diversity and Inclusion e-Community to stay up to-date on discussions and reference materials.