In 2021, the Kentucky REALTORS® Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee was created. It is tasked with promoting diversity and unity within KYR membership, as well as educating REALTORS® on how to be more inclusive with peers and clients alike.
Open Books, Open Minds Book Club
The DEI Committee's book club, Open Books, Open Minds, met twice to discuss Caste: The Origin of Our Discontents, by Isabel Wilkerson. Jennifer Swendiman led discussions last month at the KYR Summer Retreat in French Lick, IN and most recently via Zoom on July 22nd. You can hear those discussions below.
The Open Books, Open Minds Book Club welcomes all Realtors® from around KY to join conversations led by members of our DEI committee. If you are interested in becoming a member of Open Books, Open Minds Book Club, click here to JOIN TODAY!
*We are taking a break through August, but we'll pick right back up in September!*
If you have any book suggestions, please email Suzanne Reeves at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are links to past meetings of the Open Books, Open Minds Book Club:
The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America: by Richard Rothstein
What If I Say the Wrong Thing?: 25 Habits for Culturally Effective People, by Verna A. Myers
Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, By Isabel Wilkerson
ZOOM Backgrounds: (right-click to save)
Fair Housing: Challenges and Solutions
This is a joint forum hosted by the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee of Kentucky REALTORS® (KYR) and the Kentucky chapter of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB) discussing the challenges and solutions regarding Fair Housing in our communities.
On the panel were: Arthur Crosby Executive Director, Lexington Fair Housing Council Mark Alston Chairman of Public Affairs, NAREB Al Pina Chair, FMCRC / Assets & Hope HousingKentucky REALTORS® (KYR).
In November 2020, NAR launched Fairhaven a new fair housing simulation training for REALTORS® that uses the power of storytelling to help members identify, prevent, and address discriminatory practices in real estate. Inspired by real stories, this innovative online experience has agents work against the clock to sell homes in the fictional town of Fairhaven while confronting discrimination in the homebuying process. Learners will also walk in the shoes of a homebuyer facing discrimination. The training provides customized feedback that learners can apply to daily business interactions.
This innovative training platform is available to all 1.4 million NAR members at no additional cost. Be an advocate for fair housing and the future of our industry. Commit to combating discrimination in real estate.
Get started by visiting fairhaven.realtor to explore the fictional town of Fairhaven and assess how well you are adhering to fair housing principles.
At Home With Diversity
The coursework for the At Home with Diversity® certification is designed to enable you to work successfully with and within a rapidly changing multicultural market. It will help you to learn diversity sensitivity, how it applies to U.S. fair housing laws in your business, and ways to develop professional guidelines for working with people in the increasingly multicultural real estate market.
- Knowledge of the subtleties of U.S. fair housing laws
- Business etiquette for specific cultures
- An edge in expanding your business to include international clientele
- Credit towards the ABR® and CIPS designations, and as a task in the C2EX program
- Some states also give continuing education (CE) credit and GRI credit for this course
Click here to watch Bias Override: Overcoming Barriers to Fair Housing.
The mind science experts at the Perception Institute present an online workshop to help members avoid implicit bias in their daily business interactions. Drawing upon the latest evidence-based research, Perception explains how our brains’ automatic, instant association of stereotypes with particular groups can cause us to treat those who are different from us unfairly, despite our best intentions and often without our conscious awareness. Perception then applies these concepts to the everyday work of REALTORS® and offers strategies to override bias in order to convey respect, ensure fairness, and improve business relationships.
August 2021 Observance Calendar
- National Civility Month
Important D&I calendar dates:
- August 9 – International Day of the World’s Indigenous People
- August 9 – Hijri New Year (Muslim)
- August 17 – Marcus Garvey Day
- August 19 – World Humanitarian Day
- August 26 – Women’s Equality Day
- August 29 – Krishna Janmashtami (Hindu)