DIVERSITY

The Greater Providence Board of REALTOR® is committed to fostering and promoting diversity, equity and inclusion within our organization and fully supports Fair Housing for all.

Diversity Task Force

In 2020, a Diversity Task Force was created, which is comprised of volunteer members dedicating their time to advocating for diversity within our community by cultivating awareness and inclusiveness through representation, education and outreach.

They shall do this by:

  1. Expanding the knowledge and sensitivity of our REALTOR® members to diversity and inclusiveness.
  2. Promoting equal opportunity in housing and diversity in real estate.
  3. Developing and recommending actions that will identify, engage and recruit volunteers and future leaders to represent the diversity of our marketplace and our membership.
  4. Building vibrant places to live, work and play.

The Color of Law

To better understand past policies and actions that contributed to segregation, the task force highly recommends that real estate practitioners read THE COLOR OF LAW.  In this groundbreaking history of the modern American metropolis, Richard Rothstein, a leading authority on housing policy, explodes the myth that America’s cities came to be racially divided through de facto segregation-that is, through individual prejudices, income differences, or the actions of private institutions like banks and real estate agencies. Rather, The Color of Law incontrovertibly makes clear that it was de jure segregation-the laws and policy decisions passed by local, state, and federal governments-that actually promoted the discriminatory patterns that continue to this day. 

Diversity Scholarship

Beginning 1/1/2022, the Greater Providence Board of REALTORS® will once again offer 3 (three) new Diversity REALTOR® Scholarships through 11/15/2022 to assist under-represented individuals in the Rhode Island Community begin a career in real estate.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis or until funding expires.   Applicants must be residents of Rhode Island, must provide evidence of a high school or GED diploma, 2 written letters of recommendation, and complete the application in its entirety, including an essay. 

Fairhaven

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.