Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Resources

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.

Get started with our Fair Housing resources and information on Grants available to your association below. We’ve also compiled articles and websites that may be helpful to share with your members. 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.

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.

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

Articles/Websites

NAR and the Past, Present and Future of Fair Housing
Although discrimination in housing is illegal, structural and implicit bias continue to adversely affect Black Americans in their ability to achieve the American Dream of homeownership. Article from RISMedia by Sehar Siddiqi.

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.

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New Tool to Measure and Assess Member Diversity

NAR is introducing a new tool to help associations measure and assess the diversity within their membership.  The Insights Hub, a website that serves as a central destination for insights about members, includes numerous dashboards, two of which focus on diversity.  All local and state association points of entry (POEs) have access to the Insights Hub via NRDS Online.

  1. Simply click on the NRDS Administration Menu link within the POE card (user name and password required)
  2. Click on the "View more insights" button to navigate to the Insights Hub.

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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. The Color of Law incontrovertibly makes clear that 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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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. 

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.

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