Office of Civil Rights, Equity and Inclusion

Diversity, equity & inclusion makes us stronger, as individuals and as an organization. We are committed to creating equitable processes and outcomes across our region.

DBE/small business technical assistance

Sound Transit's Office of Civil Rights, Equity and Inclusion believes in leveling the playing field for all qualified consultants and contractors. It is our mission to help develop emerging and established Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) and small businesses (SBs) so they can successfully compete on Sound Transit contracts. The agency's 25-year capital expansion program and state of good repair projects means the time to build DBE/SB capacity is now.

Through a needs assessment survey and interviews with primes, small businesses, internal staff and business organizations, we have identified training topics and other training considerations. The  Office of Civil Rights, Equity and Inclusion has also identified partnering opportunities for select trainings and agency-specific trainings hosted by Sound Transit.

Sound Transit also partners with other organizations such as the USDOT Small Business Transportation Resource Center- Northwest Region and the Minority Business Development Agency-Tacoma Business Center to sponsor technical assistance opportunities.

Sound Transit's technical assistance program focuses on providing trainings that are meaningful and applicable to our contracts. Our trainings also offer valuable networking to help DBE/SBs build their network of associates.

Technical Assistance Programs Updates:

Upcoming Technical Assistance Class: 

  • 2021 Regional Contracting Forum, Sept. 22, 2021

Capacity Building Mentorship Program

Sound Transit has partnered with Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) on a Capacity Building Mentorship Program that began in  April 2019. This is a re-launch of WSDOT’s Mentor/Protégé Program which began in July 2018.

The Capacity Building Mentorship Program’s intent is to foster a more competitive environment for project delivery by building a broader base of certified Minority, Small, Veteran, and Women Business Enterprises (MSVWBE), and disadvantaged businesses to perform work on transportation-related projects. 

For more information about the Capacity Building Mentorship Program, visit the Capacity Building Mentorship Program's website.

Capacity Building Mentorship Program Updates: