Diversity Outreach Programs

IREM practices diversity

We are an inclusive organization that embraces and values differences and welcomes individuals of all races, genders, creeds, ages, sexual orientations, gender identities, and national origins and individuals with disabilities, providing an equal opportunity environment among its members, vendors, and staff.

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, eight qualified candidates will be recognized.

For more information on how to apply for DISI, click here.


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.

Rita  Hernandez, CPM
Chair: Rita Hernandez, CPM
Chair: Jasmyn Sylvester, ACoM
Vice Chair: Jasmyn Sylvester, ACoM

Outreach to HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities)

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

If you or someone you know would like to be featured in the Diversity Spotlight, please contact us at diversity@irem.org.

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 credential.

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.

For more information, visit www.projectreap.org



IREM White Paper on Leadership Development: Diversity in the Workplaces 
Toward Cultural Diversity 
Workplace Diversity Does Matter 
Diversity Delivers: Four Tips for Embracing Differences 


IREM Diversity Advisory Board
For more information about IREM's Diversity Outreach Program, email diversity@irem.org.
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