We CAN do better. We NEED to do better. We MUST do better.
We at YPT International fully support all our diverse members, especially our Black, Asian and Pacific Islander communities, in the movement to end systemic racism, discrimination, and intolerance. Collectively, we share the pain, anger and frustration felt across America over the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, Dreasjon Reed, Daunte Wright, Soon Chung Park, Hyun Jung Grant, Suncha Kim, Yong Yue, Delaina Ashley Yaun, Paul Andre Michels, Xiaojie Tan, Daoyou Feng, and so many more. The violence and hate crime is still ongoing and it needs to stop now. This is not a moment in history, but rather a movement in condemning racism itself.
Black Lives Matter. Stop Asian and Pacific Islander Hate.
We can’t talk about racism without addressing the history of racism in transportation. Transportation has an element of systemic racism that has allowed racism, discrimination, and intolerance to sustain itself. From interstate highways built through communities of color to an underinvestment of transit services, underserved populations continue to be left out of consideration when decisions that impact their day to day lives are made. The traditional makeup of our industry has predominately been of one race, gender identity, sexuality, and of fully-abled bodies creating change that only represents these limited voices.
YPT International has and will continue to enable spaces for all. Here’s what we’ve achieved so far:
- Our board serves as a snapshot of the future of transportation leaders, with the inclusion of Black, Indigenous, POC and LGBTQ+ professionals
- 2021 Women’s History Month
- 2021 Transit Equity Day and Black History Month
- 2020 National Rural in Transportation event, this event highlighted indigenous communities
- 2020 Black History Month
- 2020 Creating communication protocols that encourage the use of pronouns for our Board of Directors
- 2019 Established more membership demographic options for members to identify with as part of their membership profile (I.e. non-binary, trans-man, trans-woman, etc.)
- 2019 Pride Month
We will continue marching forward and identifying action items that increase the visibility of those who face racism, discrimination and intolerance. For those that are interested in collaborating with us, or want to become involved with these efforts, please contact (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We hope to see you standing with us, making moves and inspiring change to help put an end to systemic racism and hate crime.