Civil Social Justice Initiatives

Interested in reading about transportation & social justice issues over the summer? Join us in reading journalist Angie Schmitt's book, Right of Way. Limited copies available. For more info & sign ups, email

Transportation, Social Justice, and Inclusion

Thank you to all who came to our inaugural Civil Engineering Social Justice event!
Exploring social justice and inclusion in transportation through the context of the major transportation projects in the northeastern and east central neighborhoods of Spokane. 


Moderator: Abby Marquez, Civil Engineering Student, Gonzaga University

Background into transportation, social justice and inclusion and brief history into how major transportation projects like Interstate 90, the railroads, and now the North Spokane Corridor have shaped and impacted the communities in East Central and Northeast Spokane.

  • Dr. Rhonda Young, P.E., Professor of Civil Engineering, Gonzaga University

Community perspectives on transportation projects

  • Betsy Wilkerson, Spokane City Council Member representing District 2 who grew up in East Central Neighborhood
  • Dave Richardson, Executive Director of the Northeast Community Center

Public engagement process that Washington Department of Transportation been using communities during the design and construction of the North Spokane Corridor project. Discussion on how public involvement has changed at WSDOT and where it may be headed.

  • Char Kay, P.E. MURP, MPA, Eastern Region Planning and Strategic Community Partnerships Director, Washington Department of Transportation
  • Mike Gribner, P.E., Regional Administrator for the Eastern Region, Washington Department of Transportation

Moderated question and answer session with panelists