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Committed to the Cause
When it comes to the issues that matter most to its membership and the transportation profession, the Oregon Section of ITE doesn't just talk the talk-the Section is truly " walking the
walk. " With focused member efforts and committee-based work in areas like equity, sustainability, advocacy, and student efforts, Oregon ITE is a prime example of how local ITE initiatives
and activities reflect the mission of ITE International as a whole.
One example is how the Oregon Section has been instrumental in helping organize the
recent Diversity and Inclusion webinar series with the Western District. Originally, the idea was
to undertake joint virtual meetings on topics of high interest among members spanning traditional Section boundaries. Because equity is an ITE International focus area in 2021, the Diversity
and Inclusion Series became a way to kick-off the discussions within the Western District and
share the conversations across ITE through a webinar format. Because the Section was originally
The Diversity and Inclusion webinar series
scheduled to host the 2021 ITE Annual Meeting in Portland, OR, the series was designed as one
from the Western District and Oregon
Section is available to view on YouTube at
more way to prepare attendees for coming to the state. Throughout the webinars, thought
the links below through May 31, 2021.
leaders, businesses, agencies, professional organizations, and students spoke on a variety of
diversity and inclusion-related topics from various perspectives. In addition to promoting furSession 1:
ther awareness and understanding of these issues, the Section and District hopes that webinar
Voices of Thought Leaders
participants come away with actionable next-steps for moving forward.
http://bit.ly/diversityITE_session1
The Oregon Section also has a Legislative Committee focusing on diversity and inclusion
Session 2:
efforts chaired by Kevin Haas, P.E. (M), Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) state
Business Voices in Transportation
traffic standards engineer and unit manager. His office at ODOT is plugged into all of the
http://bit.ly/diversityITE_session2
legislative issues each session at the state legislature. As the committee chair, he brings his
expertise on legislative issues and keeps track of what may be of interest to other Oregon ITE
Session 3:
Agency Voices in Transportation
members and transportation professionals. The Oregon ITE website maintains a page and
http://bit.ly/diversityITE_session3
posts annual updates on these issues for easy access.
Oregon ITE also appoints one member to represent the private sector on the Oregon Traffic
Session 4:
Control Devices Committee (OTCDC). OTCOD is a committee that advises ODOT on traffic conVoices of Professional Societies
http://bit.ly/diversityITE_session4
trol devices standards for Oregon. The current ITE representative, Patrick Marnell (M), keeps
apprised of legislative issues when ODOT
staff give regular reports on legislative topics
of interest at OTCDC meetings. ITE representation at OTCDC provides professionals with
diverse backgrounds to exchange information and discuss proper application of traffic
control devices in Oregon across all facilities.
Recognizing diversity, equity, and
inclusion as integral parts of the profession
and society at-large, Oregon ITE initiated
a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Subcommittee as part of the Section Board in 2020.
Subcommittee Chair Shilpa Mallem, P.E.,
PTOE (M) organized a panel discussion at
the Section's 2021 Annual Winter Workshop
focused on transportation equity in the local
area and how it relates to diversity and inclusion. A majority of the sessions at the Winter
The Oregon Section held a luncheon in October 2019 on Agency Safety and Liability for
Ped/Bike Improvements.
Workshop were either directly related to

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