Thurston Regional Planning Council is committed to fostering an environment of inclusion. This ranges from the work the agency does in public process, provision of services and products, and agency personnel practices. The following is information regarding the agency’s inclusion efforts as well as the associated policies, state, and federal laws that provide a basis for these activities.
Through its Public Participation Plan (PDF), TRPC intends to provide opportunity for broad-based, early, continuous, and meaningful public participation in all planning, programs and projects. TRPC also intends to encourage an on-going forum for the discussion of regional issues, striving for an open exchange of information and ideas. The plan calls for a broad range of public information, timely public notice and full access to key decisions.
It is the policy of TRPC to foster and maintain a harmonious and nondiscriminatory environment for employees as well as officials and members of the public who do business with the Council. The Nondiscrimination Policy (PDF) extends to all programs and activities provided by the agency.
TRPC provides equal opportunity to all persons seeking employment. Agency employees will be free from discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation or disability. TRPC maintains a workplace free from unlawful harassment. TRPC complies with all state and federal laws and regulations concerning equal opportunity and nondiscrimination. TRPC expects commitment to the letter and the spirit of the laws and regulations by all employees.
Title VI is a federal law that ensures no person in the United States of America shall, on the grounds of race, color, sex, or national origin, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity that receives federal financial assistance.
Civil Rights Restoration Act
The Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987 amended Title VI to specify that entire institutions receiving federal funds, whether schools, colleges, government entities, or private employers, must comply with federal civil rights laws, rather than just the particular programs or activities that receive federal funds.
As a recipient of federal funds, TRPC also complies with regulations addressing environmental Justice with minority and low-income populations, and improving access to people with Limited English Proficiency (LEP).
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Plan
TRPC's Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Plan (PDF) provides for equal opportunity to minorities and women in contracting. The plan contains guidelines and procedure to ensure that DBE's have an equitable opportunity to compete for contracts, subcontracts and agreements.
TRPC adopts these rules (PDF) under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). The purpose of these rules, which spell out the environmental review process under SEPA, ensure that all of the agency's actions comply with State law.
The Council recognizes the value of diversity as it relates to the agency's work in the Thurston Region. TRPC is committed to creating an environment where individual differences are valued and respected.
Accommodations for Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Individuals
LEP persons do not speak English as their primary language and have no ability or are limited in their ability to read, write, speak or understand English.
During TRPC planning processes that involve a high concentration of LEP residents, the Council will translate vital documents, materials and meeting content, as needed. Oral translation services will be provided at meetings, as needed.
A vital document is any that is critical for ensuring meaningful access to TRPC's major activities and programs. Whether or not a document (or the information it solicits) is "vital" may depend upon the importance of the program, information, encounter, or service involved, and the consequence to the LEP person if the information in question is not provided accurately or in a timely manner.
American Disabilities Act (ADA)
TRPC will ensure that no qualified disabled individual shall, solely on the basis of his or her disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any of its programs, services, or activities as provided by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA).
Accommodation requests for people with disabilities can be made by contacting the TRPC ADA Coordinator at the contact information provided on the right side of this page.
How to File a Complaint
If you feel you have been discriminated against under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, please view our complaint procedures in the Title VI Plan and use the Title VI Complaint Form (PDF) to file a complaint. If you would like to talk to, or need assistance filing a complaint, contact the Title VI Coordinator at the information provided below.
Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT)