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ƒ Make Equitable Teaming Arrangements - When we team with
firms that are owned and operated by historically marginalized
groups, we share the opportunities that privilege has granted
us. Too many times, disadvantaged businesses are used only
for their ability to help win work when they should be playing a
meaningful role and offering valuable perspective throughout
the life of a project. If we only give these firms the minimum
percentage required, we risk tokenizing them rather than truly
valuing them for their talents and skills.
This work is hard, but it's worth it. As we work toward
integrating equity into all that we do, we're bound to make
mistakes. It is important to be prepared for that, acknowledge
mistakes when they happen, repair any damage that has been
done, and keep working to be better. After all, equity requires
empathy, including toward ourselves. It is completely normal to
be afraid of making the wrong move or saying the wrong thing,
but we shouldn't be so afraid that we fail to act.
Prioritizing equity means honestly confronting how racism has
impacted our profession, and then working to make things right.
This may not be easy, and change won't happen overnight, but it's
the ethical approach, and it's necessary if we're going to build a
transportation system that serves everyone. itej

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Jennifer Toole, AICP, ASLA (M) is president and
founder of Toole Design Group, a firm that specializes
in bicycle and pedestrian transportation and transit
with 17 offices throughout the United States and a staff
of more than 200 employees. A certified planner with a
degree in landscape architecture, Jennifer has been involved in
numerous projects of national significance for the Federal Highway
Administration, the American Association of State Highway and
Transportation Officials (AASHTO), and the National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration. She was the principal investigator for
the 2012 edition of the AASHTO Guide for the Development of
Bicycle Facilities and has coauthored numerous award-winning
street design manuals at the local, state, and national levels. Jennifer
served three terms as president of the Association of Pedestrian and
Bicycle Professionals, and in 2008 received one of the organization's
highest honors, the Professional of the Year Award.
Tamika L. Butler, Esq. is Toole Design Group's director
of planning for California, USA and director of equity
and inclusion. In addition to managing and overseeing
planning projects, Tamika leads Toole Design's external
efforts to integrate equity into all project work and
internal efforts to become a more diverse, inclusive workplace that
employs people of all backgrounds. This includes collaborating with
human resources on recruiting and hiring practices, leading
trainings for staff, and serving as a resource for colleagues across the
country. Tamika previously served as the executive director of the
Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust, a non-profit organization
that addresses social and racial equity, and wellness, by building
parks and gardens in park-poor communities across greater Los
Angeles.
Jeremy Chrzan, P.E., PTOE, LEED AP (M) serves as
Toole Design Group's multimodal design practice lead.
He has more than 20 years of experience in transportation, municipal, and site engineering projects, with
specifics including bicycle, pedestrian, highway, and
roundabout design; green street projects; project management and
permitting; traffic mitigation; stormwater management; utility
coordination; and construction management. Jeremy is the lead
engineer for the forthcoming AASHTO Guide for the Development
of Bicycle Facilities, and he regularly authors bicycle and pedestrian
design guides for clients across North America. His design background and previous local and state consulting work provide him
with hands-on experience navigating the policies and implementation challenges regularly faced by engineers.

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