For hundreds of years, diverse groups across the state and nation were marginalized and discriminated against. This endless cycle prohibited many individuals from the opportunity to grow generational wealth and realize their dream of owning a home. From redlining, to neighborhood steering, unfair lending practices and more, past actions have deeply impacted the current real estate industry, and there are still several barriers to entry for many.
Although the Fair Housing Act was passed in 1968 more than 50 years ago, we have seen slow change and understand there is still discrimination in the real estate industry. However, positive change is possible when we support one another and place diversity, equity, and inclusion at the forefront of our daily lives and businesses.
The Iowa Association of Realtors recognized the importance of DEI and formed one of the first statewide Realtor Association Diversity Committees back in 2020. Since its formation, this committee has worked tirelessly to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the activities of the association including education, industry diversity, fair financing, and more.
From hosting events across the state, meeting with brokers, providing education opportunities, and encouraging members to complete training such as Fairhaven and the At Home with Diversity course, IAR is ensuring our members have the resources they need to become champions for DEI.
Be sure to check out our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion webpages for even more info on our efforts including the history of housing discrimination, research, our DEI strategic plan, fair housing content, and so much more.
If you have any questions, or are interested in joining IAR’s efforts, please reach out to Greta Haas, DEI staff liaison at firstname.lastname@example.org.