Most association executives are steeped in the concept of implicit bias, the unconscious attitudes that can lead people to treat others unfairly.
Now, expanding on the 50-minute implicit-bias training video released in 2020, the National Association of REALTORS® has launched a classroom training program, “Bias Override: Overcoming Barriers to Fair Housing.” The program helps real estate professionals learn tactics to interrupt stereotypical thinking so they can provide equal professional service to every prospect or client.
Participants will examine their ideas about people from various identity groups, explore the assumptions they may not know they’re making, and learn how to be more comfortable working across lines of difference. By engaging participants in exercises to build new habits of equitable behavior, “Bias Override” helps REALTORS® overcome barriers to working with clients of diverse backgrounds and avoid fair housing pitfalls.
The three-hour course is available from Center for REALTOR® Development–licensed providers, both in-person and on Zoom. “Bias Override” qualifies for continuing education credit and will be taught by experienced At Home With Diversity instructors. It is offered for a royalty fee of $10 per student. State and local REALTOR® associations may apply for a Fair Housing Grant (Level 1) to support course-related expenditures.