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Transportation and Communities Summit 2019 (September 19 - 20, 2019 at Portland State University) This annual event in Portland, Oregon connects national mobility-focused research to equitable practice and policy through breakout panels, Lightning Talks, student posters, skill-building workshops, and a keynote from urban data scientist Ben Wellington.

--Summit Day Pass (Sept 19): $250
------Nonprofit / Student Rate: $75
------Elected Official Rate: $95
--Workshop Half-Day Ticket (Sept 20): $95
--Workshop Full-Day Ticket (Sept 20): $190
Current members of our Community Partners get a $20 discount to the Summit Day. Contact us at asktrec@pdx.edu for a discount code. All sessions will be submitted for pre-approval to AICP, and are eligible for self-reporting to PDH for continuing education credits.

Hosted by the Transportation Research and Education Center at Portland State University, and supported by our U.S. DOT grant-funded consortium: the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC).
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Thursday, September 19 • 10:15am - 11:45am
Fair and Accurate Data: Equity-informed Approach to Representation

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Research Justice: A racial justice approach to data
Shweta Moorthy, Coalition of Communities of Color
This session presents research findings and calls to action by communities of color living in Washington County described in the Coalition of Communities of Color's (CCC) Leading With Race: Research Justice in Washington County report. Racism is the underlying condition of our lived experiences. However, mainstream research practices into how racism impacts and marginalizes communities and how to achieve equity are often exploitative and unjust. Communities are not given much space to lead research that is about them. How do communities experience housing instability? How do communities use parks and recreation? How are we impacted by climate change? These experiences are continuously dismissed as anecdotal, while at the same time, policy practitioners remain puzzled about why policies are not having the desired equity impact. This session will present a vision and implementation of research justice in Washington County that is based on the premise that research practices intended to produce knowledge of lived experiences of communities of color should be just and equitable to achieve the racial equity we seek in the region.

Hard-to-Count Populations: Reaching Underrepresented Voices
Amy Lubitow, Portland State University
This presentation will use data from focus groups held in Portland, OR in 2018-2019 that explored barriers to completing household transportation surveys. Suggestions for tailoring surveys to enhance completion rates for low-income households and non-native English speakers will be discussed.

Voices from the Field: Strategies to Increase Interdisciplinary Collaboration and Education  
Noelle Fields, University of Texas at Arlington
This mixed-methods study explored how engineers, planners, and social workers interact around issues of transportation and transportation equity, and identified opportunities for enhanced collaboration and training in anticipation of emerging transportation needs for environmental justice (EJ) populations. The study also identified strategies for using two Android apps (Safe Activity and My Amble) developed at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), designed for collecting transportation activity data. Specific recommendations for interdisciplinary collaboration/education are offered.

This session is eligible for 1.5 hours of professional development credit for AICP (see our provider summary). We can provide an electronic attendance certificate for other types of certification maintenance.

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Francesca Patricolo

Planner, Policy Innovation and Regional Collaboration, Portland Bureau of Transportation, City of Portland
Francesca Patricolo is a Planner in the Policy Innovation and Regional Collaboration section of the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation. She specializes in addressing complex and contentious planning and public policy issues, as well as designing and advising on community engagement... Read More →

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Shweta Moorthy, PhD

Researcher, Coalition of Communities of Color
Shweta joined the Coalition of Communities of Color in March 2016 after a stint as faculty at Northern Illinois University where she conducted research on forced migration. Being an immigrant woman of color, Shweta uses a transnational lens to understand and participate in ‘local... Read More →
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Amy Lubitow, PhD

Associate Professor of Sociology, Portland State University
Amy Lubitow is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Portland State University. She teaches courses and conducts research on issues related to transportation justice, environmental justice, and social sustainability. Her most recent research projects examine: 1) gendered and sexual... Read More →
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Noelle Fields, PhD

Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Arlington
Dr. Noelle Fields is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Arlington. She is a gerontology health researcher specializing in family caregiving among vulnerable populations and home- and community-based services for older adults... Read More →

Thursday September 19, 2019 10:15am - 11:45am
Smith Memorial Student Union at PSU 1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201