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Recruiting and Retaining Transportation Professionals: Diversity and Inclusion in Recruitment, Mentoring and Career Development

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This panel discussion session will focus on inclusive recruitment through improved relationships with Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) and other Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), the importance of a diverse/inclusive workforce, retention, and identifying the gaps which hold the transportation profession back from representing who we serve in society. The discussion will also focus on the importance of mentorship in developing an inclusive workforce, and how our industry needs to rethink our traditional career development pathways to achieve a workforce that reflects the communities we serve.

Learning Objectives:

  • Appreciate reasons to reconsider the traditional hiring and retention processes from an inclusive perspective that goes beyond numbers.
  • Learn from a variety of perspectives representing the transportation workforce, appreciate the importance of having representation within employers at each level and understand how to initiate steps for creating a more diverse workforce within their organization.
  • Gain the confidence and knowledge to connect with student chapters, including those at HBCUs, and have the awareness of the importance to do so for the advancement of the industry.

Moderator: 
Shilpa Mallem, P.E., PTOE, Traffic Engineering Project Manager, HDR

Speakers:
  • Nikotris Perkins, Assistant Director, Social Equity, Oregon Department of Transportation, Salem, Oregon
  • Charmane Caldwell, Ph.D, Director, Student Access, FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, Tallahassee, Florida
  • Jennifer Toole, ASLA, AICP, President, Toole Design Group, Silver Spring, Maryland
  • Kiyett Brown, M.S., Ph.D. Candidate / Graduate Research Assistant, Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL

Contributors

  • Moderator: Shilpa Mallem, P.E., PTOE, Traffic Engineering Project Manager, HDR

  • Nikotris Perkins, Assistant Director, Social Equity, Oregon Department of Transportation, Salem, Oregon

    Nikotris Perkins is currently the Assistant Director of Social Equity for the Oregon Department of Transportation. She is committed to creating brave spaces that promote confidence in identity and offer tools to navigate the trauma of racial, economic, accessibility, and health inequities that show up in the places we live, work, and play. As Assistant Director Nikotris is focused on internal and external imperative to prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion by identifying and addressing systemic barriers to ensure all Oregonians benefit from transportation services and investments.

  • Charmane Caldwell, Ph.D, Director, Student Access, FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, Tallahassee, Florida

    Dr. Charmane V. Caldwell is the Director of Student Access at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering (COE). As Director, Charmane leads a comprehensive effort to retain and graduate students in the engineering profession. She created and manages several student support programs: the Engineering Concepts Institute (ECI); Engineering Living Learning Community (LLC); Educating Engineering Students Innovatively (EESI); and Peer-Assisted Study Sessions (PASS).
    Charmane is an alumna of the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering receiving her BS, MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering where her research concentration consisted of utilizing Sampling-Based Model Predictive Control for motion planning of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) and autonomous ground vehicles (AGVs). She has devoted time, to simulate autonomous mine countermeasure
    (MCM) missions employing multiple cooperating vehicles and testing AUV control systems. Charmane’s years of research experience have resulted in several peer-reviewed publications, an international workshop and a book chapter. During her graduate education, she was a McKnight Doctoral Fellow and Office of Naval Research (ONR) Historically Black Engineering College/University (HBECU) Future Engineering Faculty Fellow.
    She co-authored the book, STEM Navigators: Pathways to Achievement in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics that is a compilation of individual success stories of five female professors, mentors and researchers in the STEM community. Charmane has been featured in the American Society of Engineering Education PRISM magazine and Women in Higher Education. Recently, Dr. Caldwell was awarded $1M from the National Science Foundation as Principal Investigator (PI) on the S-STEM project, entitled "Retaining Undergraduate Engineering Students Through Experiences in Industry, Entrepreneurship, Community Engagement, and Research."

  • Kiyett Brown, M.S., Ph.D. Candidate / Graduate Research Assistant, Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL

  • Jennifer Toole, ASLA, AICP, President, Toole Design Group, Silver Spring, Maryland

    Jennifer Toole is the President and founder of Toole Design Group, a firm of over 200 professionals focused on planning and engineering livable communities where people of all ages, abilities, backgrounds and incomes are able to move comfortably from one place to another, regardless of their mode of transportation. Headquartered in Maryland and with seventeen offices throughout the U.S. and Canada, Toole Design is known for its ground-breaking work on transportation projects that allow people to lead safer, healthier and more equitable lives.

July 27, 2021
Tue 4:00 PM EDT

Duration 1H 30M

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