Latinos In Transit announced Keolis North America (Keolis) as its newest business partner to drive future opportunities for a more diverse workforce in public transit organizations, according to the organization's news release.
LIT and Keolis will leverage their industry networks to create opportunities for education, mentoring, and professional development among multicultural employees, industry professionals, and those seeking employment.
“We are very proud to call Keolis a partner in our efforts to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the transportation industry. Together we plan to build new relationships with organizations that create workforce development opportunities for minorities,” said Alva Carrasco, president of the Board of Directors of LIT. “As an industry, we need to develop innovative partnerships to help build a steady pipeline to careers in transportation.”
As part of Keolis’ partnership with LIT, two Keolis employees will be nominated to enroll in the LIT Leadership Academy. This program supports 35 participants in exploring management practices, finance, procurement, labor relations, and regulatory compliance as they relate to the public transportation industry.
Additionally, Keolis will partner with LIT to develop new workforce development opportunities specific to future leaders from Latino populations across the U.S.
"Our Keolis teams care deeply about increasing the visibility of underrepresented groups within the business and the broader industry,” said Keolis CEO David Scorey. “Critical to that work is recruitment, retention, and providing a pathway for career development that extends across all levels within our business. This partnership will help us to further improve on the processes we already have in place.”