Community partnerships are valuable for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives. Many organizations offer a tremendous amount of support, activities, and resources for market centers. As a result, leveraging these partnerships helps agents in several ways. This includes helping agents expand their network, learn more about their local community, and find ways they can be more involved in volunteer activities.
In November of 2022 the Diversity Equity, and Inclusion Committee at Keller Williams Arizona Realty hosted a Culture Fair. The event featured several speakers from community organizations. The Keynote address was given by Jackie Johnson, the City of Scottsdale Diversity Program Director. Following the Culture Fair, members of the Committee presented certificates of appreciation to each of the participants.
Community Partnerships with Local Cities
Bringing city representatives to DEI initiatives helps highlight many efforts that cities are taking to promote issues important to their citizens. Topics included diversity in hiring and understanding various housing issues. Participants shared how cities are being responsive with a focus on equitable outcomes.
The city of Scottsdale and the city of Tempe both had representatives who participated in the Culture Fair. Jackie Johnson, City of Scottsdale Diversity Program Director gave the Keynote Address. Dr. Velicia Humes, City of Tempe Chief Diversity Officer, participated in the planning process. Working with the cities places a focus on their DEI efforts and the challenges each city faces to embrace equitable solutions.
Community Partnerships with Local Non-Profit Organizations
Jerry McPherson, Director of Economic Empowerment for the Greater Phoenix Urban League, brought his organization’s perspectives. The Urban League understands the importance of DEI initiatives to help Phoenix continue to draw businesses, residents, and economic growth.
Community Partnerships with Real Estate Professional Organizations
Several real estate professional organizations also had representatives at the Culture Fair. Each participant was able to share how their organization is addressing various aspects of DEI initiatives. Their activities focus on various aspects, from inclusion efforts to educational opportunities.
The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee at Keller Williams Arizona Realty
Members of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee at Keller Williams Arizona Realty have been actively engaged in developing several community partnerships. Through the Committee member’s efforts, awareness of events and the importance of DEI initiatives has dramatically increased. Most impressive has been the timeframe for the Committee and how much it has achieved. In just one year since its founding, The DEI Committee has undertaken several important projects. This includes sponsoring a real estate scholarship program at Scottsdale Community College.
Keller Williams Arizona Realty fully supports all of its committees in their efforts. The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee is one of several KW committees. Agents can join committees to make a difference and have a positive impact in their lives and businesses.
Contact us today to learn more about the various committees where you can participate as part of your real estate business. The Leadership Team at KWAZ also participates in the committees and welcome being able to speak with you about your interest.
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