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Civil Rights

Training: Courses, Seminars, and Workshops

The Civil Rights Team is prepared to work with the FHWA Divisions and State DOTs to customize and tailor courses, workshops, or seminars to meet any specific requests. If you need any services, please contact Sandy Talbert-Jackson, Civil Rights Team Technical Director at sandy.talbert-jackson@dot.gov.

Customized Civil Rights Courses

Varies Based Upon Customer Requests

  • FHWA Basic Civil Rights Program Course
  • Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)/504 of the Rehabilitation Action (504)
  • Designing Pedestrian Facilities for Accessibility (DPFA)
  • Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program Administration
  • DBE Contract Administration
  • Conducting DBE Certification On-Site Reviews
  • Equal Opportunity Contractor Compliance/On-the-Job Training Program
  • Equal Opportunity Contractor Compliance Reviews
  • Preventing Discrimination in The Federal-Aid Highway Program
  • Investigating External Complaints of Discrimination
  • State Internal EEO
FHWA Basic Civil Rights Program Course

A basic overview of the major FHWA civil rights programs and authorities, as well as how to administer the programs at the Division Office and the State DOT levels, including development, monitoring, implementation, and approval of State program documents. The course is divided into six separate modules for the following program areas: State DOT Internal EEO/Affirmative Action, EO Contractor Compliance/On-the-Job Training, Investigation of External Discrimination Complaints, Title VI/Nondiscrimination, Disadvantaged Business Enterprise, and Americans with Disabilities Act/Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (504).

TARGET AUDIENCE:

All FHWA, State DOT, and Local Public Agencies staff or other personnel assigned Civil Rights responsibilities. In addition, FHWA Division Administrators, Deputy Division Administrators, Team Leaders, and State Dots' staff or management personnel in any discipline with significant civil rights implications (e.g. planning, contract administration, legal, environment, safety, right-of-way and relocation, and research. A minimum of 15 attendees is required. Target audience is 30 attendees. However, the number of attendees can vary depending on circumstances and location.

LENGTH: 4.5 DAYS

CLASS SIZE: 30

Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)/Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (504)

Course length: 1 hour - 2 days, depending on need.  Can be in-person, web-conference, video-conference, teleconference
This course provides attendees with an understanding of the authorities, regulations, and coverage of the program; an overview of the FHWA's ADA compliance program; and clarifies ADA compliance standards. Participants, whether recipients or public entities, will know the recipients and public entities' responsibilities under the ADA and related statutes.

Designing Pedestrian Facilities For Accessibility

Course length: 1 – 2 days (Custom Trainings Available for this Class)
This course, developed by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP), provides an overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and teaches participants how to apply guidelines and policies to the public rights-of-way. The following areas are covered:

  • Laws, Regulations and Pedestrian Characteristics (which includes self-evaluations and transition plans and the DOJ-DOT Joint Technical Assistance on the Title II of the ADA Requirements to Provide Curb Ramps when Streets, Roads, or Highways are Altered through Resurfacing)
  • Pedestrian Access Route (PAR)
  • Curb Ramps and other Transitions
  • Detectable Warnings (truncated domes)
  • Pedestrian Crossings
  • Accessible Pedestrian Signals (APS)
  • Street furniture and Parking
  • Work Zones & Maintenance
  • This course also features an outdoor, hands-on awareness exercise using wheelchairs, white canes/blindfolds, low vision goggles, and smart levels.
DBE Program Overview

Course length: 1 day

At the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the background and history of the DBE program
  • Identify the major components of the DBE program requirements in 49 CFR 26
  • Describe eligibility standards and procedures to ensure consistency in making certification decisions under a Unified Certification Program (UCP)
  • Utilize U.S. DOTs questions and answers as guidance to interpret 49 CFR 26
DBE Certification

Course length: 1 – 2 days

At the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Describe major DBE program requirements of 49 CFR 26
  • Describe eligibility standards under 49 CFR 26 -- Subpart D and procedures under Subpart E
  • Apply certification standards and procedures to ensure consistency in making certification decisions under a Unified Certification Program (UCP)
  • Use USDOT questions and answers as guidance to interpret 49 CFR 26 Subpart D and E
DBE Contract Administration

Course length: 1 day

At the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the background and history of the DBE program
  • Identify the major components of the DBE program requirements in 49 CFR 26
  • Define concepts of DBE goals, race neutral/race conscious, good faith efforts, counting, and commercially useful function (CUF)
  • Explain the responsibilities of DOT recipients to monitor DBE program participants
  • Identify project level monitoring responsibilities to ensure DBE program objectives are achieved
Conducting DBE Certification On-Site Reviews Training Course

Course length: 1-2 days
Target audience: State DOT Certification staff, and UCP staff involved in making certification decisions.
At the end of this training participants will be able to:

  • Explain the DBE Program Certification Objectives and Requirements
  • Identify the DBE Certification Eligibility Requirements for DBE Certification
  • Explain How to Review and Analyze an Application for Scheduling an On-site Review
  • Explain How to Prepare for a DBE On-site Certification Review
  • Demonstrate How to Conduct a DBE On-site Certification Review
  • Identify Key Elements to Support DBE Certification Decisions
Equal Opportunity Contractor Compliance/On-the-Job Training Program

Course length: 1 day
This course focuses on the Equal Opportunity Contractor Compliance and OJT program objectives and authorities; recognize key roles and responsibilities of FHWA, State DOTs, and Contractors/Subcontractors to ensure EO in Federal-aid highway construction projects; identify requirements and contents of the State DOT's Contractor Compliance Program Plan; and how to apply appropriate authorities in making EO compliance determinations.

Equal Opportunity Contract Compliance Reviews

Course length: 1 – 2 days
This course focuses on the Equal Opportunity Contractor Compliance Program objectives, background and how to apply appropriate authorities in making EO compliance determinations. A detailed overview of the contract compliance review process is also covered. This course also highlights the key roles and responsibilities of FHWA, State transportation agencies, and contractors to ensure EO in Federal-aid highway construction projects.

Investigating External Complaints Of Discrimination

Course length: 2 days
This course will cover the authorities and six theories of discrimination, the elements of a prima facie case, and the steps for conducting an investigation of a discrimination complaint.

Preventing Discrimination In The Federal-Aid Highway Program

Course length: 1 – 2 days
This course focuses on the implication and application of Title VI/Nondiscrimination laws, regulations, and related authorities in a multidisciplinary manner, as well, as preventing discrimination in Federal-aid highway financed programs and activities. This course also enables participants to: define the FHWA Title VI/Nondiscrimination Program; Identify the Title VI Program authorities and key requirements; Recognize potential Title VI impacts in program areas and mitigation considerations; Discuss recipients and stakeholders' roles & responsibilities; Determine the elements of a complete Title VI Implementation Plan; Review data collection activities; and Select strategies for preventing discrimination.

State Internal EEO

Course Length: 1 day
The main emphasis of this course is to provide an understanding of State Internal EEO/Affirmative Action Program authorities; to identify requirements and contents of the State DOTs' Affirmative Action Plan; to define the roles and responsibilities for program review/approval; and identify methods of obtaining compliance and enforcement actions.

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