The Office of Race and Equity is the latest evolution of a multi-year effort within Caltrans to reaffirm our commitment to address the systemic racial inequities that exist within the public transportation sector. In 2018, Caltrans sent a cohort of headquarters staff to participate in the State's growing involvement with the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE), which is a large, nationwide network of government advocates working to achieve racial equity and equal opportunities for all.
The Caltrans Race & Equity Action Plan (REAP)
The Caltrans REAP was developed over the course of two years, with collaboration and input from the Caltrans Alliance on Race and Equity Solutions (CARES) team and its executive sponsors. The plan is intended to be a two-year plan, with priorities and strategies maintaining alignment with the administration's and department's goals.
The REAP identifies commitments along three lines of effort:
- People: We will create a workforce at all levels that is representative of the communities we serve by improving our recruitment, hiring, contracting, and leadership development policies and practices.
- Programs & Projects: We will meaningfully engage communities most impacted by structural racism in the creation and implementation of the programs and projects that impact their daily lives by creating more transparent, inclusive, and ongoing consultation and collaboration processes.
- Partnerships: By leveraging our transportation investments, we also commit to increasing pathways to opportunity for minority-owned and disadvantaged business enterprises, and for individuals who face systemic barriers to employment.