Social Equity and Racial Justice in Civil and Environmental Engineering Fall 2021

September 29, 2021

CE Equity SeriesThe Exploration of Social Equity and Justice in CEE Seminar Series promotes theory, science, and dialogue on social equity and racial justice in the built and urban environment. It features speakers of various academic disciplines and activism groups working on different aspects of equity and justice in civil systems, such as air and water quality, transportation, vulnerability to extreme weather, climate change, health disparities, mitigation measures, community development, resilient cities, and environmental justice policy.

Below are the series speakers for Fall 2021 - stay tuned as more speakers are added through the semester:

Oct. 8, 2021 4-5 p.m.

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COVID-19 & Transportation Equity: How the Realities of Funding and Policy Considerations Are Revealed During a Global Pandemic

As the head of the nation’s second largest transit agency, Mr. Carter oversees the delivery of some 500 millions rides annually within Chicago and its 35 surrounding suburbs. Prior to his appointment as President of the CTA, Mr. Carter served in numerous leadership roles with the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) including Chief Counsel of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Acting FTA Administrator and Acting Chief of Staff to former USDOT Secretary Anthony Foxx. Mr. Carter has more than 30 years of combined public service with both the CTA and FTA. Throughout his career, he has been a tireless promoter of the critical role public transportation plays in our society. Dorval Carter President, Chicago Transit Authority

Oct. 15, 2021 4-5 p.m.

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Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) in and by our profession

Zahraa Saiyed is a disaster risk reduction and public policy consultant with background and training as an architect, building scientist, structural engineer, and educator. Zahraa’s work and research focuses on equity and inclusion in disaster mitigation as well as anticipatory design and planning. She was formerly a chair of the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California’s Structural Engineering Engagement and Equity (SE3) committee and helped to launch a seminal series on DEI in the workplace. Zahraa currently leads the International Public Policy and Advocacy Committee at the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), is a member of the Western States Seismic Policy Council’s (WSSPC) Building Engineering, Construction and Building Codes Committee, and is a member of the Infrastructure Policy committee with the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). She is a co-founder and principal of Scyma Consulting located in the Bay Area and a Research Affiliate with M.I.T. 's Urban Risk Lab. And importantly, Zahraa is a second generation loud and proud Cal Bear! Zahraa Saiyed Co-Founder and Principal, Scyma Consulting

Oct. 29, 2021 4-5 p.m.

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Reimagining Transportation

Dr. Regan F. Patterson is the Transportation Equity Research Fellow at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF), where she conducts intersectional transportation policy analysis and research. Prior to joining the CBCF, Dr. Patterson was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research. She earned her PhD in Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. Her dissertation research focused on the impact of transportation policies on air quality and environmental justice. Dr. Patterson holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from UCLA and an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from UC Berkeley. Regan Patterson Transportation Equity Research Fellow, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation