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Video Conference

The Changing Face of America: Diversity and Its Implications for Managers and Supervisors

  • Jul 24, 2012 (9:00 - 12:00 pm CT; 8:00 - 11:00 am MT)
    Video Conference (designated rooms at DOT sites)


Those of us who deal with federal and state funding need to be more aware of diversity issues today than ever before. This workshop will look at the dramatic shift in America’s population with regard to color and age. It will present information to assist participants in understanding the magnitude of existing and emerging American diversity. Updates will be provided on Title VI, Civil Rights, and Environmental Justice legislation and the effect recent lawsuits have had on the concept of multiculturalism and diversity. In addition, it will cover issues related to people with disabilities; awareness of hidden disabilities; language barrier issues and LEP requirements; responsiveness to cultural, gender and sexual orientation differences; minority community outreach and required public participation in the transportation planning process; as well as fulfilling your requirements for federal and state funding.

Data specific to North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming will be included in the examples provided.


Carol Wright, Associate Director of Training & Outreach, Small Urban & Rural Transit Center, Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, North Dakota State University. Carol joined the staff of SURTC in 2006 as Associate Director of Training and Outreach. She is responsible for the oversight of SURTC's training and outreach efforts. She has more than 12 years of experience as Executive Director of Public Transportation for a multi-county project in central North Dakota, where she managed all aspects of public transit, including rural transit, specialized transit, Dial-a-Ride and contracted services. Ms. Wright has also served as an independent consultant for marketing and development with planners, developers, architects and contractors. She has served as a trainer and keynote speaker for national, state and local conferences for over 20 years.

Target Audience

Department of Transportation managers and supervisors; county and city department managers and supervisors; transit managers; others involved in supervision that work in programs who receive federal funding.

More Info

The above resource and more can be accessed by visiting the TLN Learning Management System (LMS).

NDSU Dept 2880P.O. Box 6050Fargo, ND 58108-6050