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Civil Rights


SANDAG operates its programs without regard to race, color, and national origin in compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act.

Our Commitment to Equity

We hold ourselves accountable to the communities we serve. We acknowledge we have much to learn and much to change; and we firmly uphold equity and inclusion for every person in the San Diego region. This includes historically underserved, systemically marginalized groups impacted by actions and inactions at all levels of our government and society.

We have an obligation to eliminate disparities and ensure that safe, healthy, accessible, and inclusive opportunities are available to everyone. In 2021, SANDAG will develop an equity action plan that will inform how we plan, prioritize, fund, and build projects and programs; frame how we work with our communities; define how we recruit and develop our employees; guide our efforts to conduct unbiased research and interpret data; and set expectations for companies and stakeholders that work with us.

We are committed to creating a San Diego region where every person who visits, works, and lives can thrive.

Nuestro Compromiso con la Equidad

Nosotros asumimos nuestra responsabilidad ante las comunidades a las que servimos. Reconocemos que tenemos mucho qué aprender y mucho por cambiar; asimismo, defendemos firmemente la equidad y la inclusión de todas las personas en la región de San Diego. Esto incluye a grupos históricamente desatendidos y sistémicamente marginados, impactados por acciones e inacciones en todos los niveles de nuestro gobierno y de nuestra sociedad.

Tenemos la obligación de eliminar desigualdades y garantizar que haya oportunidades seguras, saludables, accesibles e inclusivas disponibles para todos. En 2021, la Asociación de Gobiernos de San Diego (SANDAG, por sus siglas en inglés) desarrollará un plan de acción de equidad que informará cómo es que planificamos, priorizamos, financiamos y construimos proyectos y programas; enmarcará la forma en la que trabajamos con nuestras comunidades; definirá cómo es que reclutamos y capacitamos a nuestros empleados; guiará nuestros esfuerzos para realizar investigaciones imparciales e interpretar información; y establecerá expectativas para las compañías y los grupos de interés que trabajan con nosotros.

Estamos comprometidos a crear una región de San Diego donde todas las personas que visiten, trabajen y vivan puedan prosperar.

Title VI Program

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Every department, division, and employee of SANDAG is responsible for carrying out our commitment to non-discrimination, including the requirements of Title VI.

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin in programs receiving federal financial assistance. Specifically, Title VI states, “No person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

SANDAG has adopted a Title VI Program document that is updated every three years. The SANDAG 2018 Title VI Program Update document complies with applicable sections of the Civil Rights Act and the Federal Transit Administration’s Circular 4702.1B.

View a brochure about your rights under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Vea y descargue un folleto sobre sus derechos bajo el Título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964 (Title VI) y la Ley de Estadounidenses con Discapacidaded de 1990 (ADA).

View the 2018 Title VI Program Update and its Appendices.

Discrimintation Complaint Procedures

The SANDAG Discrimination Complaint Procedures is found in Board Policy No. 009 and lays out the steps for investigating and tracking Title VI complaints. The policy is intended to establish a procedure under which complaints alleging discrimination in the SANDAG provisions of service or SANDAG activities can be made by persons who are not employees of SANDAG.

Questions concerning SANDAG nondiscrimination obligations or complaint procedures should be directed to the SANDAG General Counsel, John Kirk, at (619) 699-1997 or john.kirk@sandag.org.

Any person who believes himself or herself or any specific class of persons to be subjected to discrimination prohibited by Title VI also may file a written complaint with the Federal Transit Administration.

View information regarding how to file a complaint.

Cualquier persona que considere que ella misma o cualquier clase específica de personas esté sometida a la discriminación prohibida por el Título VI, también puede presentar un reclamo por escrito ante la Administración Federal de Transporte Público (FTA, por sus siglas en inglés).

Ver información sobre cómo presentar un reclamo.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

SANDAG is an equal employment opportunity employer. The SANDAG EEO policy describes the agency’s commitment to actively recruit, hire, train, promote, and make all other employment decisions without regard to any category protected under federal or state law.

As an applicant for employment, it is your right to file a complaint with the SANDAG EEO Program Officer if you feel you have been discriminated against on the basis of any category protected under federal or state law. The SANDAG EEO Program Officer is Melissa Coffelt, Director of Organization Effectiveness, at melissa.coffelt@sandag.org or (619) 699-1955.

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program

SANDAG receives funding directly from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and is required to establish and implement a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program for FTA-assisted projects. The SANDAG FTA DBE Program was developed in accordance with applicable law and is designed to level the playing field to encourage the participation of DBE firms on SANDAG federally funded projects. The DBE Program focuses on removing barriers and maximizing opportunities for minority and women owned businesses so they may be successful in their small and emerging businesses.

SANDAG also receives funds from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) as a subrecipient through Caltrans. SANDAG is required to adopt the Caltrans DBE Program for FHWA-assisted contracts, including setting goals on individual contracts.

The SANDAG DBE Liaison Officer is Elaine Richardson, Director of Diversity and Equity, she can be reached at elaine.richardson@sandag.org or (619) 699-6956.

For more information, visit the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise page.

Meeting Assistance and Accessibility

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), SANDAG will accommodate persons who require assistance in order to participate in SANDAG meetings. If such assistance is required, please contact SANDAG at (619) 699-1900 at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting. To request documents in an alternative format, please call (619) 699-1900 or (619) 699-1904 (TTY), or fax (619) 699-1905.

SANDAG agenda materials can be made available in alternative languages. To make a request, call (619) 699-1900 at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting.

Los materiales de la agenda de SANDAG están disponibles en otros idiomas. Para hacer una solicitud, llame al (619) 699-1900 al menos 72 horas antes de la reunión.