IREM’s commitment to diversity

"IREM makes diversity a priority as an organization because it sees the value of bringing in all sorts of ideas, and opinions, and perspectives into real estate. We know that each building's a little different, each market is a little different. And as a result, we need people that think differently and come from different backgrounds and have had different experiences to tackle the idiosyncrasies of our particular properties."

Kasara Smith, CPM®

We recognize that strength comes from diversity.  We value differences and provide an equal opportunity environment for members, vendors, and staff. We welcome individuals of all races, ages, genders, gender identities, sexual orientations, creeds, national origins, and individuals with disabilities, and we take great pride in how our members, chapters, and staff uplift their communities through diversity initiatives. We stand with our members, partners, employees, and communities as we all work to understand and overcome injustices.

While diversity is, and always has been a core value, we know that we still have work to do. We’ll continue to audit, listen, and engage to create meaningful and sustainable change.

To showcase our commitment, we are taking the following actions:

  • Working with a diversity expert to identify areas in our structure and behavior that need improvement
  • Implementing a diversity strategy in partnership with IREM’s Diversity Advisory Board
  • Continuing to sponsor the Association Forum’s Welcoming Initiative – a shared effort to help everyone who interacts with us feel welcomed, represented, and inspired

We thank the IREM Foundation for their help in funding these efforts.

2020 IREM President Cheryl Gray, CPM® and Jasmyn Sylvester, CPM® discuss the importance of diversity in the real estate industry and property management profession at the 2020 Virtual IREM Summit.

2020 IREM President Cheryl Gray, CPM® and 2020 Virtual IREM Summit keynote speaker John Register chat about how to approach conversations related to diversity, inclusion, and race.

Diversity & Inclusion Succession Initiative (DISI)

The Diversity & Inclusion Succession Initiative recognizes IREM Members from underrepresented groups in the real estate management profession who have demonstrated leadership skills at the chapter level, an interest in advancing their leadership skills at the national level, and in advancing their property management careers using IREM networking and resources. Thanks to a generous grant from the IREM Foundation, 10 qualified candidates will be selected.

DISI Application information

2020 DISI Leaders

Diversity Advisory Board

Works at a national level to attract and welcome a diverse membership with a focus on ethnic diversity. The board focuses on career advancement, education, certification, and makes appropriate recommendations for adjustments to IREM diversity program(s) as needed.

Jasmyn Sylvester

Chair: Jasmyn Sylvester, CPM®, ACoM

Kimberly Parker

Vice Chair: Kimberly Parker, ARM®

Outreach to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)

The IREM HBCU Task Force developed a toolkit of outreach materials that chapters can use when connecting with HBCUs. You can download the HBCU Outreach Toolkit here.

Diversity Spotlight

IREM National Diversity Board member, Roberta Kelley, recognizes the need for diversity and inclusion training and has actively worked to bring the topic to the forefront in her workplace. Roberta believes one of the biggest problems in the modern workplace today is establishing effective communication among the Baby Boomer, Gen X, and Gen Y generations. Roberta decided to take action and called upon an up and coming millennial speaker, Jonathan Jones, to speak to IREM Fort Worth a Texas Chapter in her region on May 17, 2018 with 45 real estate professionals in attendance. Jonathan delivered a dynamic, high-energy and captivating presentation on generational diversity. He presented a better understanding of the history, traits, and culture of each generation in the modern workplace. Jonathan’s creative vision and strong knowledge of diversity helped Fort Worth leaders innovatively bridge the communication gap between Gen X, Gen Y, and Baby Boomers. Jonathan is scheduled to speak at the IREM Tulsa luncheon in August this year.

Roberta Kelley

Roberta Kelley, CPM®, ARM®

Jonathan Jones

Jonathan Jones

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Diversity Partners

IREM Foundation Diversity Outreach Scholarship

The Foundation is committed to helping the Institute increase diversity in the real estate management industry and within IREM. The purpose of the Diversity Outreach Scholarship is to assist individuals from underrepresented population groups with the cost of tuition associated with achieving an IREM certification.

Real Estate Associate Program (REAP)

IREM is a proud Silver Level Sponsor of the Real Estate Associate Program (REAP), an industry-backed, market-driven program that serves as a bridge between talented minority professionals and commercial real estate companies looking for talent. The 10 week program is offered in the country’s major markets including: New York, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, and Los Angeles. Teachers are industry leaders in the market’s most prominent companies teaching financial analysis, market analysis, brokerage, asset management, leasing, and development. With the support of industry leadership, REAP is widely acknowledged to be the most successful diversity initiative in the commercial real estate industry.

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