Civil Rights—Title VI

Policy Statement
The Denver Regional Council of Governments ("DRCOG") adheres to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, a nondiscrimination law which provides that no person shall, on the grounds of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. Further, DRCOG adheres to other federal nondiscrimination statutes that afford legal protection; specifically: Section 162(a) of the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1973 (23 USC 324) (gender); Age Discrimination Act of 1975 (age); and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973/Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (disability). DRCOG is committed to ensuring that no person or persons shall, on any statutorily prescribed basis, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity administered by DRCOG. 

DRCOG has established a discrimination complaint procedure and form for handling complaints of discrimination. Please click on the links below for the procedure and form. 

Public Accommodation & Accessibility
DRCOG promotes full accommodation and access to its meetings by publishing the following statement on its meeting agendas:  “Persons in need of auxiliary aids or services, such as interpretation services or assisted listening devices, are asked to contact DRCOG at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting by calling (303) 480-6701.”

Environmental Justice
In its 2040 Fiscally Constrained Regional Transportation Plan (2040 RTP), DRCOG described the benefits and impacts of the 2040 RTP’s projects and elements on the minority and low-income populations of the Denver region. Guidance for evaluating these impacts is derived from Executive Order 12898, Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority and Low Income Populations. The Executive Order and accompanying memorandum reinforced the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that focus federal attention on the environmental and human health condition in minority and low-income communities. The methodology used by DRCOG first identifies geographic concentrations of environmental justice communities and then examines the benefits and potential impacts of the 2040 RTP. Measures of transit accessibility to jobs areas also calculated. See pages 54-58 of the 2040 RTP for more information.

Limited English Proficiency Plan
In furtherance of Title VI, Executive Order 13166 and related regulations have been enacted to ensure meaningful participation in federal and federally assisted programs and activities by individuals with limited English proficiency. When federal aid is involved, there is to be an effort to reduce the language barrier by providing information or services in other languages through bilingual materials, use of an interpreter, or other means. For example, DRCOG has Language Identification Flashcards in its lobby and every meeting room to help identify an LEP individual’s primary language, if unknown, so that DRCOG staff can provide or obtain language interpretation assistance for that individual. DRCOG’s website can also be translated for non-English speakers with an embedded Google Translate tool. Consistent with the Executive Order, DRCOG has adopted a Limited English Proficiency Plan; to view DRCOG's plan, please click on the links below.