IREM’s commitment to diversity

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.

"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®

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

2021 DISI Leaders

Diversity Advisory Board

Our Diversity Advisory Board works at a national level to advise, 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.

Kimberly Parker ARM

Chair: Kimberly Parker, CPM®, ARM®

Kaci Hancock

Vice Chair: Kaci B. Hancock, CPM®, ACoM

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 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.

Welcoming Environment

IREM is a proud sponsor of the Welcoming Environment initiative of the Association Forum - a shared effort to help everyone who interacts with us feel welcomed, represented, and inspired. Insights through this initiative contribute to the body of knowledge around Welcoming Environments® in associations and provide us with a thorough understanding of future opportunities and goals.

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