Friday Transportation Seminar: Dignity Infused Community Engagement in Los Angeles

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Friday, October 16, 2020, 11:30am to 12:30pm PDT
Caro Vera, Fehr & Peers; Kevin Ocubillo, LADOT
PDH: 1 | AICP: 1

In response to the global pandemic, in person activities are restricted on the PSU campus. 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.



In 2019, the LADOT Vision Zero Division launched the Vision Zero Dignity Infused Community Engagement (VZ DICE) strategy with the intent to transform the way the City engages with local communities. This planning process intentionally and holistically incorporates the viewpoints, lived experiences, and perspectives of those most impacted by a planning project and seeks to restore and atone for historic, systemic, and institutional injustices. A team of community partners, advocates, social scientists, artists, everyday residents, and technical experts came together to reach community residents in ways that reflect the local social, cultural, and racial/ethnic identity of a neighborhood. The strategy was purposely multifaceted involving a local street team, small business partnerships, an anti-displacement resource kit, and a ground truthing process to assess how local projects can center community needs and reflect local values. Over 18,000 residents and counting have been engaged through the project so far and LADOT continues to apply this framework to other planning projects.


  • Community engagement should be culturally relevant and reflect the community being served.
  • Transportation projects can negatively impact communities if residents aren’t involved in the engagement process.
  • Partner, build, and pay community partners as they are local experts.
  • Community engagement requires building trust, starting with a willingness to innovate, intervene, and invest.


Caro Vera, Senior Transportation Planner, Fehr & Peers

Caro is a Transportation Planner at Fehr & Peers, a transportation planning and engineering firm devoted to creating solutions that improve communities. She specializes in bicycle and pedestrian planning, equity, and community engagement. Caro is born and raised in South Central Los Angeles and takes much of her inspiration for creating safer streets from her community’s experiences biking, walking, rolling, driving, and riding public transit. She has ten years of experience in community organizing and engagement with communities of color. Caro holds a B.A. in Ethnic Studies and Chicano studies from UC Berkeley as well as a M.A. in Urban Planning from the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.

Kevin Ocubillo, Los Angeles Department of Transportation

Kevin Ocubillo is a planning assistant at the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT).


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.