Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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Defining Diversity

DIVERSITY is the intentional creation and cultivation of safe spaces that amplify, celebrate, and embrace the unique makeup of every individual, no matter their ethnic background, their sexual orientation, their body type, their disability, or their economic status.

The REALTOR® Association of Prince William strives to be a leader in supporting and encouraging diversity, equity, and inclusion in real estate. In this effort, the Diversity Group was established to monitor and develop this mission.

Mission

In principle and in practice, PWAR values and seeks diverse and inclusive participation of its membership in its programs, products, and services. PWAR promotes involvement and expanded access to membership and leadership opportunity regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, nationality, disability, appearance, geographic location, or professional level. The organization provides leadership, training, and resources to accomplish this objective.

Goals

The REALTOR® Association of Prince William Diversity Group exists to advance the following goals:

  • Increase association participation among diverse members at all levels of association involvement – local, State, and National.
  • Encourage all qualified members to pursue association leadership by helping clarify and communicate the process and value of being involved in PWAR leadership.
  • Integrate key stakeholder diversity groups into the life and mission of the association.
  • Expand awareness of the diversity of REALTORS® among consumers and community groups.
  • Have a positive impact on the cultural conversations related to diversity through education, exposure, and strategic partnerships.

State and National Resources

National Association of Realtors®

Check out NAR’s Fair Housing page complete with information on the Fair Housing Action Plan.  ACT emphasizes Accountability, Culture Change, and Training in order to ensure that American’s 1.4 million Realtors® are doing everything possible to protect housing rights in America.

Perception Institute

NAR has also partnered with the Perception Institute to offer implicit bias testing to help members identify where their unconscious biases might lie.  The term “implicit bias” describes when individuals have attitudes towards people or associate stereotypes with them without conscious knowledge.  Being aware of any implicit bias can help people avoid acting according to biases that are contrary to their conscious values and beliefs.

Korn Ferry: Race Matters Series

The Virginia Realtors® shared this powerful video series with all Associations to showcase how race and other differences still impact the lives of people in 2020.  Their website states that “while diversity and inclusion in the workplace have been championed in businesses across the globe, the reality is many people still are not treated equally and feel like they don’t have a voice. They earn less, are woefully underrepresented in top jobs, and struggle to get equal recognition and opportunity.”

Welcome to Fairhaven, a fictional town where REALTORS® work against the clock to sell homes while confronting discrimination in the homebuying process.

This new, immersive online simulation training will also put members of the National Association of REALTORS® in the shoes of a client experiencing discrimination as they try to buy a home.

Visit Fairhaven now

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