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DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION

Diversity and inclusion are essential to a strong workforce. A diverse workforce brings a variety of perspectives and experiences to the table, which can lead to increased creativity, innovation, and problem-solving. In addition, a diverse workforce can help to improve customer satisfaction and employee morale.

There are many ways to create a more diverse and inclusive workplace. One way is to hire from a diverse pool of candidates. Another way is to provide diversity training for all employees. It is also important to create a workplace environment that is free from discrimination and harassment.

By taking steps to create a more diverse and inclusive workplace, businesses can reap the many benefits that come with it. A diverse and inclusive workforce is a stronger workforce.

DRIVING TO BE MORE INCLUSIVE

Trinity Metro has always driven Tarrant County forward and we’re ready to go further. As our community grows and learns, we feel our teams and our actions must reflect the diversity of the customers we serve, the culture of the geographical areas in which we travel, and the understanding of the activities and destinations visited on public transportation. 

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON OUR INITIATIVES:

LATINX: EQUITY IN TRANSIT

Our LatinX fireside chat shared the stories of Hispanic employees and partners navigating the world with strength, resilience, and a deep sense of pride for their community. Moderator and Trinity Metro board member Teresa Ayala prompted panelists with different topics, enabling them to speak of the challenges they have faced, but also of the ways in which their culture and heritage have shaped them into who they are today. Their stories were a testament to the power of community, the importance of perseverance, and the beauty of diversity. They showed us that anything is possible when we come together and lift each other up.

LUNCHEON WITH MS. OPAL LEE

Trinity Metro hosted Ms. Opal Lee, the “Grandmother of Juneteenth,” in February 2023 for an informative luncheon at Fort Worth T&P Station. The legendary speaker and activist shared her story about establishing Juneteenth as a national holiday and encouraged others to join her on her 2.5-mile walk in Fort Worth, representing the 2.5 years it took the news of freedom to reach enslaved people in Texas.

CELEBRATING PRIDE: A FIRESIDE CHAT

Trinity Metro’s DEI Council hosted a fireside chat Celebrating Pride to learn from internal and external leaders about the importance of diversity and inclusion in today’s workforce. Our moderator, Kelli Shields, provided thought provoking questions that helped audience members grasp common workplace obstacles faced by the LGBTQIA+ community. Our panelists included Dawn Cameron, Trinity Metro Customer Care Agent, and Sharon Herrera, Founder and Executive Director of LGBTQ Saves, both of whom answered questions, translated their personal experiences, and made this discussion informative.

Trinity Metro Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council Mission Statement and Goals

To aspire to build and leverage a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace culture.

Trinity Metro’s workplace culture will foster and celebrate all dimensions of diversity. Staff at all job classification levels will reflect the communities’ demographics.

Trinity Metro will engage people who reflect the diversity of the communities/region to shape decision-making, programs, and policy.

Trinity Metro’s procurement procedures will advance economic opportunities for the businesses striving to work with Trinity Metro.

Detra Whitmore
Vice President of Community Engagement
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer

Joel Bargas
Body Shop Mechanic

Dawn Cameron
Customer Care Representative

Brandon DiCapo
Graphic Designer

Gregory Dickey
Treasurer

Vernal Hoston
Chief Operating Officer, TRE

Tracey Kirk
ACCESS Supervisor

Sherry Lee
Director of Rail Quality and Performance

Rene Perez
Operations Manager

Sarah Rogers
Management Trainee

Tamara Walls
Fixed-Route Supervisor

Eva Williams
Grants Administrator