Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Greater Richmond Transit Company’s Equitable Innovation & Legislative Policy department is driven to ensure that our agency continues to foster and cultivate a healthy workplace by ensuring the inclusion of all staff and community leaders while providing equitable solutions to public transportation for our communities we serve.

Overview of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Diversity is reflected in your workforce.  We here at GRTC are proud of how we have addressed issues of diversity but are not tone deaf to the work that lies ahead to further our efforts to making our agency one of the most diverse workplaces in the region. GRTC has a built a family like atmosphere as we have many employees who have worked have family work here over generations. How we interact with each other, and how we interact with our customers are a part of the diversity we continue to shape here at GRTC. Like any family, we all bring a different perspective that help us operate the leading transit company in Central Virginia.  

At GRTC, each one of our employees bring a unique set of skills and attributes that define who you are. We refer to it as your fingerprint because no two individuals have the same fingerprint. Equity is when we tailor services and resources to each individual person. Each “individual fingerprint” needs different assistance to ensure success.  

Finally, we must be mindful to be inclusive because inclusion ensures that all employees feel included in the growth and mission of GRTC.   We want to make sure everyone feels included - our staff and our riders. Inclusion is always about impact while diversity and equity are about number. You can have target goals for diversity and fail to have the impact of inclusion.

Definitions of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

  • Diversity is the practice or quality of including or involving people from a range of different social and ethnic backgrounds and of different genders, sexual orientations, etc. 
  • Equity is the quality of being fair and impartial. 
  • Inclusion is the practice or policy of providing equal access to opportunities and resources for people who might otherwise be excluded or marginalized, such as those who have physical or mental disabilities and members of other minority groups. 

How does Diversity, Equity & Inclusion impact public transit

Transit Access, Transit Funding and Transit Environmental Impact – Coming Soon

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Roundtable (DEIR)

The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Roundtable (DEIR) is composed of colleagues from across the agency who have a passion to make our workplace a more inclusive environment. This committee will work internally to shape equitable policy, guide inclusionary communication and ensure that we continue to improve our agency diversity, equity and enclusion efforts via KPI (Key Performance Indicators). These KPIs will be used to measure the success of diversity, equity and inclusion efforts while simultaneously giving the committee benchmarks on what the group should wholistically focus on.  

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council (DEIC)

The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council (DEIC) is composed of business and community leaders in the Greater Richmond metropolitan region that have a passion in making the world a more equitable and inclusive place. This committee also assist with external partnerships with the goal of encouraging Diversity, Equity and Inclusion through public transportation options.

Contact Us

Joe Dillard with Richmond skyline behind himJoe W. Dillard Jr.
Director of Equitable Innovation & Legislative Policy

Ashley Mason
Manager of Organizational Advancement
(804)358-3871 ext. 364