The National Association of Realtors (NAR) is bringing implicit bias training to its realtor members and partner associations in the wake of the George Floyd protests.
The training consists of a 50-minute video tool meant to help members understand the latest research in overcoming unconscious stereotypes.
NAR is also urging realtor associations to consider revising their new member orientations and other mandatory education courses to focus on the delivery of equal services.
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Since the US erupted into protests over the May killing of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer, virtually all industries have started speaking up to foster the growth of social justice movements and implement new corporate diversity and inclusion policies.
Real estate is one of those industries — and with its history of housing discrimination, the sector certainly has plenty of changes to make to resolve its deep rooted issues. Now, The National Association of Realtors (NAR) has just taken some promising first steps to rectifying the industry’s troubled past.
NAR, which represents more than 1.4 million members working across the entire real-estate industry, announced in June a new plan to educate its members and staff with implicit bias training.
The training, comprised of a 50-minute video tool meant to help members understand the latest research in overcoming unconscious stereotypes, began its rollout in mid-June. It was developed in partnership with New York’s Perception Institute, drawing on research that illustrates 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.
“Fair housing, equality and inclusion are among NAR’s most cherished values,” said NAR President Vince Malta. “Realtors follow a strict Code of Ethics that not only defines us as professionals but explicitly …read more
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