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
In day-to-day living, through both work and at play, we find ourselves searching for the right words to say.
But more often than not it's the words we do say that take on a different meaning for others.
In this month's Open Books, Open Minds new selection, What If I Say the Wrong Thing?: 25 Habits for Culturally Effective People by Verna A. Myers, we will learn new ways to keep a personal and professional diversity journey moving forward.
SAVE THE DATE! The next book club meeting is scheduled for May 27th at 12:00 pm EST via Zoom.
Register here if you are a new participant. https://forms.gle/LEsAVYxrFv5Rfqn98
A Zoom link will be emailed to all who signed up. Registration is mandatory for any new participants to receive the Zoom invitation.
Subsequent meetings will take place on dates TBD. Eventually, other books will be discussed. Please join us, and don't forget to sign up at the link above!
Here are link 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
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.
May 2021 Observance Calendar
May is Asian Paciﬁc American Heritage Month in the United States. The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the ﬁrst Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks on the project were Chinese immigrants.
May is Older Americans Month, established in 1963 to honor the legacies and contributions of older Americans and to support them as they enter their next stage of life.
May is Jewish American Heritage Month, which recognizes the diverse contributions of the Jewish people to American culture. May is Mental Health Awareness Month (or Mental Health Month), which aims to raise awareness and educate the public about mental illnesses and reduce the stigma that surrounds mental illnesses.
May 1: Beltane, an ancient Celtic festival celebrated on May Day, signifying the beginning of summer.
May 2: Orthodox Easter (also called Pascha), a later Easter date than observed by many Western churches.
May 3: Saints Philip and James, a Roman Rite feast day for the anniversary of the dedication of the church to Saints Phillip and James in Rome.
May 5: Cinco de Mayo, a Mexican holiday commemorating the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). This day celebrates Mexican culture and heritage, including parades and mariachi music performances.
May 6: National Day of Prayer, a day of observance in the United States when people are asked to “turn to God in prayer and meditation.”
May 9: Laylat al-Qadr, the holiest night of the year for Muslims, is traditionally celebrated on the 27th day of Ramadan. It is known as the Night of Power and commemorates the night that the Quran was first revealed to the prophet Muhammad.
May 12-13 (sundown to sundown): Eid al-Fitr, the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal, marking the end of Ramadan. Many Muslims attend communal prayers, listen to a khutuba (sermon), and give Zakat al-Fitr (charity in the form of food) during Eid al-Fitr.
May 13: Ascension of Jesus or Ascension Day, is celebrated as the ascension of Christ from Earth in the presence of God within most of the Christian faith.
May 16-18 (sundown to sundown): Shavuot, a Jewish holiday that has double significance. It marks the all-important wheat harvest in Israel and commemorates the anniversary of the day when God gave the Torah to the nation of Israel assembled at Mount Sinai.
May 17: International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, a global celebration of sexual- orientation and gender diversities.
May 21: World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, a day set aside by the United Nations as an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity and to learn to live together in harmony.
May 22-23 (sundown to sundown): Declaration of the Báb, the day of declaration of the Báb, the forerunner of Bahá'u'lláh, the founder of the Bahá’í faith.
May 23: Pentecost, the celebration of the giving of the Ten Commandments by God at Mount Sinai.
May 26: Buddha Day (Vesak or Visakha Puja), a Buddhist festival that marks Gautama Buddha's birth, enlightenment, and death. It falls on the day of the full moon in May and it is a gazetted holiday in India.
May 31: Memorial Day in the United States, a federal holiday established to honor military veterans who died in wars fought by American forces.
May 29: Ascension of Bahá'u'lláh, commemorates the ascension of Bahá'u'lláh, the founder of the Bahá’í faith.
May 30: Trinity Sunday, observed in the Western Christian faith as a feast in honor of the Holy Trinity.
May 30: All Saints’ Day, celebrated by many Eastern Christian churches on the first Sunday after Pentecost, in recognition of all known and unknown saints.