Diversity and Inclusion References

Achieving Diversity and Inclusion Together

NAR supports Diversity and Inclusion, as well as a continued commitment to Fair Housing as part of its core values.

Seeking knowledge and meaningful conversation through a variety of perspectives and resources builds the ability to learn from the past and provides solutions for a better future. The purpose of this page is to collect those perspectives and resources from around the country for associations to reference and share in order to keep the conversation moving forward.

Please continue visiting this page for updated resources as the conversation and our collection of resources grows.

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Fair Housing

New Fair Housing Action Plan
The recent New York Newsday investigation underscored the need for NAR to further ramp up and reinvigorate its fair housing commitment.

NAR’s new Fair Housing Action Plan, abbreviated ‘ACT,’ emphasizes (A)ccountability, (C)ulture Change, and (T)raining in order to ensure America’s 1.4 million REALTORS® are doing everything possible to protect housing rights in America.

A Snapshot of Race and Homebuying in America
This report examines the homeownership rate among each race in 2018 using American Community Survey data by state. The report also examines the change in the homeownership rate among African Americans from 2008 to 2018 using American Community Survey data.

At Home With Diversity Certification
At Home With Diversity is an educational experience designed to present a picture of the changing face of the real estate industry. More importantly, the class teaches REALTORS® how to work effectively with—and within—a rapidly changing multicultural market. This certification addresses issues of diversity, fair housing, and cultural differences. The course teaches you to transact business in culturally competent ways.

Articles/Websites

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack
"White Privilege and Male Privilege: A Personal Account of Coming to See Correspondences through Work in Women's Studies" (1988), by Peggy McIntosh, associate director of the Wellesley College Center for Research on Women.

Brands Are Speaking Out on Black Lives Matter. How Are Consumers Going to Respond
While in the past brands often avoided aligning themselves with political and social issues for fear of alienating swatches of consumers or striking the wrong tone, some of the country’s biggest companies now have made exceptions to that policy.

Understanding Race and Privilege – National Association of School Psychologists
Suggestions on how you can begin discussions around race with your leadership and others.

NAR Provides Guidelines on Guarding Against Hate Speech
Firms and associations looked to the National Association of REALTORS® for guidance on what to do if they have to field complaints about comments deemed inappropriate. The guidelines include the following for those who receive hate speech on their association or firm’s communication channels.

Grants

Housing Opportunity Grants
Housing Opportunity Grants support state and local REALTOR® Associations’ activities that create or improve systems, programs, and policies that expand access to housing that is affordable.

Fair Housing Grants
The Fair Housing Grant program provides funding to state and local REALTOR® Associations to enhance the importance fair housing plays in our industry and in our communities.

Diversity Initiative Grants
The Diversity Grant provides funding to state and local REALTOR® Associations to enhance the inclusion of diversity in their leadership and collaborate with local chapters of national multicultural real estate organizations.

Community Rebuilding Grant
Our new Community Rebuilding Grant provides special funding for REALTOR® Associations to lead efforts to rebuild and restore public community places impacted by the recent racial injustice demonstrations.

Commercial Innovation Grants
NAR's Commercial Innovation Grant Program provides "kickstarter" funds to help associations create new commercial services or programs.

Cover of the book The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein

The Color of Law

In this groundbreaking history of the modern American metropolis, Richard Rothstein, a leading authority on housing policy, explodes the myth that America's cities came to be racially divided through de facto segregation-that is, through individual prejudices, income differences, or the actions of private institutions like banks and real estate agencies. Rather, The Color of Law incontrovertibly makes clear that it was de jure segregation-the laws and policy decisions passed by local, state, and federal governments-that actually promoted the discriminatory patterns that continue to this day.

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Video: Bias Override: Overcoming Barriers to Fair Housing

Partnering with the New York-based Perception Institute, this online video draws upon recent research to illustrate how the human brain’s automatic, instant association of stereotypes with particular groups can cause people to treat those who are different from them unfairly.

View Bias Override: Overcoming Barriers to Fair Housing

Nate Johnson

We Get to Decide Where We Go From Here

Nate Johnson, a REALTOR® from St. Louis, Missouri, and NAR’s Public and Federal Issues Liaison shares his vision on where we go from here. 

Legal Action Program

Provides financial assistance to support litigation of significance to the real estate industry and private property rights.

Coronavirus

The latest from NAR about about COVID-19 (coronavirus), its impact on the real estate industry and events, and federal programs affecting REALTORS®.