ADOT’s Title VI Nondiscrimination Program is responsible for providing leadership, direction and policy to ensure compliance with Title VI and Environmental Justice and Limited English Proficiency principles and to ensure that social impacts to communities and people are recognized and considered throughout the transportation planning and decision-making process.
What Is Title VI?
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is the main legal authority for the Arizona Department of Transportation’s external nondiscrimination programs. Title VI prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex or national origin in programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance. Once an agency accepts federal funds, all of its programs and activities are covered, regardless of their funding source. Related statutes and presidential executive orders under the umbrella of Title VI address environmental justice (EJ) in minority and low-income populations and services to those individuals with limited English proficiency (LEP), women and the disabled.
What Does This Mean?
ADOT cannot, on the basis of race, color, sex or national origin, either directly or through contractual means:
- Deny program services, aids or benefits.
- Provide a different service, aid or benefit, or provide them in a manner different from what is provided to others.
- Segregate or separately treat individuals in any matter related to the receipt of any service, aid or benefit.
- Deny an opportunity to participate as a member of a planning, advisory or similar body that is an integral part of the program.
Any federal financial aid subrecipient, such as a metropolitan-planning organization, is required to administer its program and activities without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, age, disability, economic status or limited English proficiency.
How Is Title VI Enforced?
- Conducting internal and external compliance reviews.
- Conducting Title VI Program Implementation training to staff, suppliers, vendors, contractors, local governments and other ADOT subrecipients of federal funds.
- Developing Title VI compliance information for internal and external dissemination.
- Processing the disposition of Title VI complaints received by ADOT.
- Providing technical support to subrecipients developing their Title VI Program.
- Approving subrecipients’ Title VI Policy, Assurances and Plan.
Title VI Nondiscrimination Program Manager