Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

The WTS International Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion initiative is in support of a vision for full equity and access for women in transportation. Diversity and inclusion have always been at the core of WTS; this aims to form strategic goals and actionable solutions to attain equity and access. The initiative is led by the Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Committee of the International Board. 

WTS defines diversity as the inclusion of differences and similarities from all categories of membership including ethnicity, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, geography, and profession. WTS defines inclusion as the action of making sure that everyone is welcomed, involved, and engaged.


Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee 

Committee Charter: 

The purpose of the WTS Diversity Committee is to define the diversity and inclusion strategic objectives for the WTS organization and its chapters. WTS defines diversity as the inclusion of differences and similarities from all categories of membership including ethnicity, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, geography and profession.

In 2017, the WTS Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Committee Charter was adopted and displayed at the 2018 WTS Annual Conference for signature by all attendees as a reminder of the purpose and commitment of the organization. The committee consists of representatives from the WTS International Board of Directors, WTS Foundation Board of Directors, Chapter leadership, and members. 

April 5, 2022 ED&I Committee Meeting Recap:

View the recording of the April 5, 2022 Committee meeting to learn about the new updates and structure of the WTS Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Committee from Helen McSwain as she steps into the role as Chair. 


Progress and Transparency 

WTS International is committed to transparency as we expand training and educational opportunities for our leadership, membership, volunteers, and staff; as well as the full transportation sector. Additionally, we are committed to investigating additional ways to be a part of the broader solution.

Please continue to check this page for updates.



2022 WTS Letter from the leadershiP: Bringing our whole selves 

"At WTS, creating a culture and community around inclusivity and belonging is one of our core values. We strive for an environment where each of our members feels welcomed to bring their full self to our organization. That is why during this month, we reaffirm our commitment to acting on the initiatives that have been executed, and those still to follow, in building a more inclusive and equitable organization for our members."

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2020 wts Statement Condemning Racial Injustice Against Black Communities

On June 3, 2020, WTS International released a statement condemning racial injustice against Black communities after the killings of George Floyd and too many other Black people who have lost their lives as a result of senseless violence, as well as national protests demanding justice.

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2020 WTS Message on Why Pride Looks Different This Year

As WTS International celebrates Pride and the diversity of our 8,500 members, we find it especially important to recognize the intersectionality of LGBTQ+: race, gender, and sexuality.

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