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. View the Success Stories tab for more information.

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

Books

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson
In this brilliant book, Isabel Wilkerson gives us a masterful portrait of an unseen phenomenon in America as she explores, through an immersive, deeply researched narrative and stories about real people, how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a rigid hierarchy of human rankings.

Erasing Institutional Bias: How to Create Systemic Change for Organizational Inclusion by Tiffany Jana and Ashley Diaz Mejias
All humans have bias, and as a result, so do the institutions we build. Internationally sought after diversity consultant Tiffany Jana offers concrete ways for anyone to work against institutional bias no matter what their position is in an organization.

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
Kendi weaves an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science with his own personal story of awakening to antiracism. This is an essential work for anyone who wants to go beyond the awareness of racism to the next step: contributing to the formation of a just and equitable society.

Inclusify: The Power of Uniqueness and Belonging to Building Innovative Teams by Stefanie K. Johnson, PhD
In this groundbreaking guide, a management expert outlines the transformative leadership skill of tomorrow—one that can make it possible to build truly diverse and inclusive teams which value employees’ need to belong while being themselves. 

Lies My Teacher Told Me:  Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong by James W. Loewen
What started out as a survey of the twelve leading American history textbooks has ended up being what the San Francisco Chronicle calls "an extremely convincing plea for truth in education." In Lies My Teacher Told Me, James W. Loewen brings history alive in all its complexity and ambiguity.

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
With richly layered characters and a gripping moral dilemma that will lead readers to question everything they know about privilege, power, and race, Small Great Things is the stunning new page-turner from Jodi Picoult.

Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism by James W. Loewen
In this groundbreaking work, sociologist James W. Loewen, author of the classic bestseller Lies My Teacher Told Me, brings to light decades of hidden racial exclusion in America. 

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein
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.

The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together by Heather McGhee
One of today’s most insightful and influential thinkers offers a powerful exploration of inequality and the lesson that generations of Americans have failed to learn: Racism has a cost for everyone—not just for people of color.

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson
In this beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life.

We Can’t Talk About That at Work: How to Talk About Race, Religion, Politics, and Other Polarizing Topics by Mary-Frances Winters
As a thought leader in the field of diversity and inclusion, Mary-Frances Winters has been helping clients create inclusive environments for over three decades. In this concise and powerful book, she shows you how to lay the groundwork for having bold, inclusive conversations.

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
The New York Times best-selling book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality.

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.

2021 Snapshot of Race and Home Buying in America
This report examines the homeownership trends among each racial group in the last 10 years. 

What if Instead of Calling People Out, We Called Them In
Professor Loretta J. Ross challenges students to identify the characteristics, and limits, of call-out culture: the act of publicly shaming another person for behavior deemed unacceptable.

Responding to Microaggressions
Tools that help manage microaggressions that are a comment or action that subtly and often unconsciously or unintentionally expresses a prejudiced attitude toward a member of a marginalized group (such as a racial minority).

The Atlanta REALTORS® Association response to diversity and inclusion concerns
The Atlanta REALTORS® Association issued the first apology in its 111-year history to members and the communities they serve for its history of discriminatory practices while making a commitment to supporting an inclusive community in the future.

Washington REALTORS® Guide to Forming a DEI Committee
Educating members about diversity and the importance of serving all communities without discrimination is a priority mission of Associations.

Black Americans and the Racist Architecture of Homeownership
Owning a home is an undeniable part of the American dream — and of American citizenship. It is also the key to building intergenerational wealth.

Implicit bias means we’re all probably at least a little bit racist
The first step in understanding how implicit racial bias works is to understand the general concept of implicit bias, which can shape the way we think about lots of different qualities: age, gender, nationality, even height.

Ten Lessons for Talking about Race, Racism, and Racial Justice
As we strive to improve conversations about race, racism, and racial justice in this country, the environment in which we’re speaking seems to be constantly shifting, which shows that these conversations are more important than ever.

Article about the Importance of LGBTQ+ Visibility in Real Estate
This day of acceptance and celebration helps ensure that everyone feels safe, secure and has a groundswell of support if they decide to “come out of the closet.” It doesn’t matter where we are on the journey.

Urban Institute Demographic Projections
Homeownership is a critical wealth-building tool, but not everyone has the same opportunities to become a homeowner. To create a more equitable and sustainable housing landscape, policymakers, thought leaders, and changemakers need to understand the trajectory of the homeownership rate—where it has been, where it is going, who it has benefited, and who it has left behind.

Courses

REALTOR® L.E.A.D. Course:  A Case for Diversity (November 2021 release)

This course is meant to provide REALTOR® leaders with a better understanding of the concepts of diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as an introduction to some of the social psychology that makes it either easier or harder to live out DEI. 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Self-Study Module

This course is designed to increase awareness and greater understanding among REALTOR® association leaders, members, and staff for a greater understanding of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) issues.

Fair Housing Self-Study Module

This course is designed to increase awareness and greater understanding among REALTOR® association leaders, members, and staff for a greater understanding of fair housing issues.

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Bias Override: Overcoming Barriers to Fair Housing
Video
June 5, 2020

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.