In 2021, the Kentucky REALTORS® Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee was created. It is tasked with promoting diversity and unity within KYR membership, as well as educating REALTORS® on how to be more inclusive with peers and clients alike.
Open Books, Open Minds Book Club
In this month's Open Books, Open Minds new selection, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents: by Isabel Wilkerson, you will see a masterful portrait of an unseen phenomenon in America as she explores, through an immersive, deeply researched narrative and stories about real people, how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a rigid hierarchy of human rankings.
SAVE THE DATE! The next book club meeting is scheduled for June 29th at 9:00 am EST LIVE and in-person at the KYR Summer Retreat. The meeting will also be streamed via Zoom.
Register here if you are a new participant: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfm6J3oupWSXU6Ft7PMy6SwqJhmSHKugTEg--iC18EIyprctA/viewform?usp=sf_link
Purchase and read the book and then join your peers for a discussion on June 29th at 9:00am ET. A meeting link will be sent to those that sign up using the form linked above. You can find the book here: https://www.amazon.com/Caste-Origins.../dp/0593230256/
Subsequent meetings will take place on dates TBD. Eventually, other books will be discussed. Please join us, and don't forget to sign up at the link above!
Here are links to past meetings of the Open Books, Open Minds Book Club:
The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America: by Richard Rothstein
What If I Say the Wrong Thing?: 25 Habits for Culturally Effective People, by Verna A. Myers
ZOOM Backgrounds: (right-click to save)
Fair Housing: Challenges and Solutions
This is a joint forum hosted by the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee of Kentucky REALTORS® (KYR) and the Kentucky chapter of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB) discussing the challenges and solutions regarding Fair Housing in our communities.
On the panel were: Arthur Crosby Executive Director, Lexington Fair Housing Council Mark Alston Chairman of Public Affairs, NAREB Al Pina Chair, FMCRC / Assets & Hope HousingKentucky REALTORS® (KYR).
In November 2020, NAR launched Fairhaven a new fair housing simulation training for REALTORS® that uses the power of storytelling to help members identify, prevent, and address discriminatory practices in real estate. Inspired by real stories, this innovative online experience has agents work against the clock to sell homes in the fictional town of Fairhaven while confronting discrimination in the homebuying process. Learners will also walk in the shoes of a homebuyer facing discrimination. The training provides customized feedback that learners can apply to daily business interactions.
This innovative training platform is available to all 1.4 million NAR members at no additional cost. Be an advocate for fair housing and the future of our industry. Commit to combating discrimination in real estate.
Get started by visiting fairhaven.realtor to explore the fictional town of Fairhaven and assess how well you are adhering to fair housing principles.
At Home With Diversity
The coursework for the At Home with Diversity® certification is designed to enable you to work successfully with and within a rapidly changing multicultural market. It will help you to learn diversity sensitivity, how it applies to U.S. fair housing laws in your business, and ways to develop professional guidelines for working with people in the increasingly multicultural real estate market.
- Knowledge of the subtleties of U.S. fair housing laws
- Business etiquette for specific cultures
- An edge in expanding your business to include international clientele
- Credit towards the ABR® and CIPS designations, and as a task in the C2EX program
- Some states also give continuing education (CE) credit and GRI credit for this course
Click here to watch Bias Override: Overcoming Barriers to Fair Housing.
The mind science experts at the Perception Institute present an online workshop to help members avoid implicit bias in their daily business interactions. Drawing upon the latest evidence-based research, Perception explains how our brains’ automatic, instant association of stereotypes with particular groups can cause us to treat those who are different from us unfairly, despite our best intentions and often without our conscious awareness. Perception then applies these concepts to the everyday work of REALTORS® and offers strategies to override bias in order to convey respect, ensure fairness, and improve business relationships.
June 2021 Observance Calendar
June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, established to recognize the impact that gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals have had on the world. LGBT groups celebrate this special time with pride parades, picnics, parties, memorials for those lost to hate crimes and HIV/AIDS, and other group gatherings. The last Sunday in June is Gay Pride Day.
June is Immigrant Heritage Month, established in June 2014, gives people across the United States an opportunity to annually explore their own heritage and celebrate the shared diversity that forms the unique story of America. It celebrates immigrants across the United States and their contributions to their local communities and economy.
June 3: Corpus Christi, a Catholic holiday celebrating the presence of the body and blood of Christ, in the Eucharist.
June 11: Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Feast of the Most Sacred Heart is a solemnity in the liturgical calendar of the Roman Catholic Church.
June 14: Flag Day in the United States, observed to celebrate the history and symbolism of the American flag.
June 15: St. Vladimir Day, a Roman Catholic feast celebrating St. Vladimir.
June 15: Native American Citizenship Day, commemorating the day in 1924 when the U.S. Congress passed legislation recognizing the citizenship of Native Americans.
June 16: Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev, observed by members of the Sikh faith. Guru Arjan Dev was the fifth Sikh guru and the first Sikh martyr.
June 19: Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day. It is observed as a public holiday in 14 U.S. states. This celebration honors the day in 1865 when slaves in Texas and Louisiana finally heard they were free, two months after the end of the Civil War. June 19, therefore, became the day of emancipation for thousands of African-Americans.
June 19: New Church Day, according to Christian belief, on this day the Lord called together the 12 disciples who had followed him on earth, instructed them in the Heavenly Doctrine of the New Jerusalem, and sent them out to teach that “the Lord God Jesus Christ reigns, whose kingdom shall be for ages and ages.” This was the beginning of the New Christian Church.
June 21: National Indigenous Peoples Day or First Nations Day, a day that gives recognition to the indigenous populations affected by colonization in Canada.
June 21: Litha, the summer solstice celebrated by the Wiccans and Pagans. It is the longest day of the year, representing the sun’s “annual retreat.”
June 29: Feast Day of Saints Peter and Paul, a liturgical feast in honor of the martyrdom in Rome for the apostles St. Peter and St. Paul in Eastern Orthodox Christianity.
Last Sunday in June: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Pride Day in the United States. It celebrates the Stonewall Riots on June 28, 1969.