Friday Transportation Seminar: Forging Equity in Cities: Using Equitable Transit-Oriented Development (eTOD) as a Blueprint for Policy and Practice

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Friday, March 5, 2021, 11:30am to 12:30pm PST
Roberto Requejo, Elevated Chicago
PDH: 1 | AICP: 1

We are committed to making decisions that promote the success and well-being of our campus community. Until further notice, all live events hosted by TREC will be online only.

Friday Transportation Seminars at Portland State University have been a tradition since 2000. You can join us online at 11:30 AM.



Racial equity, wealth building, public health and climate resilience goals are only possible through cross sectional engagement that includes city, state, and regional governments, community-based organizations, and private sector partners. Please join us for this jointly sponsored seminar and workshop to learn about models of community engagement for equitable transportation and housing development.

In this seminar, Roberto Requejo, Program Director at Elevated Chicago, will discuss their community organizing and empowerment work to create equitable transit oriented development (eTOD) in Chicago. Their efforts to incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion into planning and infrastructure investments center on community-focused benefits such as access to affordable housing and increasing public health outcomes. Mr. Requejo will discuss how this effort focuses on people, place, and process to create more vibrant, prosperous, and resilient neighborhoods and how these lessons can inform community processes in other jurisdictions that include transportation development and beyond.


  • Understand how a cross-sector coalition works to advance equitable development
  • Learn the difference between TOD and ETOD
  • Discover how ETOD looks like in different Chicago neighborhoods
  • Discuss how ETOD can solve --rather than trigger -- displacement and address post-pandemic challenges


Roberto Requejo, Program Director, Elevated Chicago

Roberto Requejo is an urban planner specialized in transit-oriented community development with a focus on affordable housing, and a diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) learner, leader and practitioner. Since April 2017, Roberto has led Elevated Chicago as its program director by developing the collaborative’s foundational work culture, values and governance; coordinating its strategies and workplan; mobilizing $4M in resources; and developing processes to ensure racial equity and inclusion in grantmaking, capital investment, systems change, knowledge sharing, and community engagement. During the last 18 years, Roberto has helped public, private and nonprofit organizations --including The Chicago Community Trust, the Chicago Fed, Citi Community Capital, or Metropolitan Planning Council-- become more effective, inclusive and equitable.


This 60-minute seminar is eligible for 1 hour of professional development credit for AICP (see our provider summary). We provide an electronic attendance certificate for other types of certification maintenance.


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The Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC) at Portland State University is home to the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC), the Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation (IBPI), and other transportation programs. TREC produces research and tools for transportation decision makers, develops K-12 curriculum to expand the diversity and capacity of the workforce, and engages students and professionals through education.