The Diversity Department
Function/OrganizationThe Diversity Department is responsible for the development, implementation, coordination, and monitoring of all Disadvantaged, Minority and Women-Owned Enterprises (DMWBEs), and Outreach programs. The department advocates the agency's commitment to promoting a working environment, which recognizes and values the diverse social profile of the DART service areas, customers, stakeholders, contractors and employees. The department strives for equitable representation and advancement of members of all protected groups at all levels of employment and inclusion of disadvantaged businesses in all agency purchasing and contracting activities.
Economic Opportunity DivisionThis division develops, manages and implements processes for ensuring that Disadvantaged, Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (DMWBEs) are aware of and educated on the procedures for competing and bidding for purchases and contracts at DART. The primary goal of the agency's minority business program, in existence since 1987, is to help achieve the agency's annual DMWBE contract and procurement goals. The DMWBE Program has been developed in accordance with DART's Board Policy and applicable state and federal regulations. Economic Opportunity is comprised of three functional sections:
- Contract Compliance is charged with the responsibility of promoting DART's contracting opportunities to disadvantaged and minority businesses. The DMWBE Program has been developed in accordance with DART's Board Policy and applicable state and federal regulations. This section monitors contract compliance, goal setting and minority-business participation on DART contracts.
- Outreach is responsible for reaching out to disadvantaged and minority businesses to ensure equitable participation opportunities with DART for minority, low-income, other protected category communities to ensure equity in all of DART's activities - including contracting, employment, and environmental justice. This section works consistently with the various ethnic chambers to maintain open communication, awareness and access to DART's programs.
- Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Title VI is charged with the responsibility of ensuring compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Title VI. The Environmental Justice issues focus on ensuring equal access to services and equity in amenities. Our goal is to ensure that transportation-dependent, underprivileged and minority populations are treated fairly in all DART services and activities. This section monitors activities and programs such as:
- Service Standards
- Level boarding
- Service Planning
- Route planning
- Downtown Dallas transit study
- NW corridor build-out
- Title VI