Going beyond Title VI

Transit agencies have conducted studies and implemented new policies to ensure people, regardless of their income or the language they speak, can have access to low-cost fares and be an active part of public engagement. Since then cities have actively conducted reports for Title VI analysis but still require more wide-scale efforts to ensure that social and racial justice are woven into their practices.

Creating equity-first plans

As a policymaker, you can reduce disparities and improve equitable outcomes for residents with limited transit opportunities. By removing an unequal commute, you can increase workforce opportunities, health outcomes, and accessibility in your city. The co:census learning lab aims to collaborate with policymakers by providing interactive workshops with experts and fellow cities to provide methods, data, and insights on issues within your city. 

Interactive Experience with Resources

Apply for the co:census learning lab to join a cohort of peers from cities across the nation and receive hands-on consulting with industry experts to improve transit equity in your city. Our interactive program for transportation authorities and institutions to create a more equity-centered public engagement and data practice for more equitable outcomes in your city.

Detailed information on the Learning Lab

Our learning labs curriculum includes a hands-on approach to collaborative learning for transportation leaders committed to uncovering equitable research practices and applying these within their agency’s model. The 2021 Transit Equity Labs curriculum includes the following workshops and co-working sessions:

  • Interactive workshops 
    • Designing Equity Assessments in collaboration with Urban Institute
    • Conducting Inclusive Studies for Public Engagement in collaboration with Urban Institute
    • Omni-channel Campaigns for Multicultural Communities in collaboration with Bellwether Consulting
  • Survey Design Working Session
  • Survey co-design working session with experts from Seam Social Labs team that include an urban sociologist and a research scientist in Linguistics to support multilingual surveys. 
  • Data Insights Working Session
  • Final work session reviewing qualitative survey responses and presenting findings from Equity Insights Report. 
  • Published content from  Expert Partners and Seam Social Labs
  • Transit Equity Data Tool from Learning Labs Partner (TBA)
  • Access to co:census survey platform 
  • Equity Insights Report
  • 10% off annual enterprise plan
  • Transit Equity Certificate for All participants

Our program requires your team to analyze existing data while planning a 2-month public engagement campaign to gather qualitative data from your city. Drive equity outcomes for your community through a program tailored so your team can gather, analyze, and design comprehensive reports detailing public needs, sentiments, and solutions.

  • Transportation Planning Team
  • DEI or Race & Equity Teams
  • Marketing Teams
  • Communications Teams

Seam Social Labs is a benefit corporation whose mission is to empower disinvested communities. Our vision is to ensure cities have models to encourage co-design and collaboration between communities and agencies. We are an MWBE business with a diverse staff and board who have all received training in equity, inclusion, and antiracist frameworks in order to adhere to our mission. 

We are selecting up to 6 transit authorities and agencies to participate in this cohort program; all agencies will be chosen based on their commitment to equity research and planning in their city and interest in launching a public campaign within the second half of 2021 to gather additional data to support their equity work. We will base commitment to equity based on diversity of agency employees, statements on diversity, equity, and inclusion, and current research developed for equity plans

With more than 8,000 survey responses, co:census is trusted by more than a dozen agencies across America.

Applications open Fall 2021.