In our profession, where it is the law to treat everyone fairly, it is so important to be aware of our implicit biases. According to the National Institutes of Health, “implicit bias” is a form of bias that occurs automatically and unintentionally, that nevertheless affects judgments, decisions, and behaviors.” Generally, we all have implicit biases. The good news is that implicit bias can be mitigated with awareness! Knowing that there is a potential that you may subconsciously react in certain situations may help reduce the likelihood of doing so. And SAR is offering two opportunities to learn more about implicit bias in real estate.
There are two upcoming events I hope SAR members consider attending.
The SAR Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Fair Housing Committee is holding a Lunch & Learn event next week on Thursday 11/17 from 11am-1pm featuring local appraiser and real estate market analyst, Ryan Lundquist, and C.A.R.’s Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer, Farrah Wilder. Their candid and open dialog entitled “Real Talk: Exploring Implicit Biases within the Real Estate Industry” is going to be very thought-provoking. I am sure most of you know Ryan, who is an amazing expert in our region. If you do not know Farrah, she is a former Oakland-area REALTOR and civil rights attorney. I encourage you to attend! For $10 and lunch it is a bargain. Register today!
Next month on Monday 12/12 from 9am-1pm, the Education Committee presents a class called “Bias Override: Overcoming Barriers to Fair Housing” which will be taught by my friend and Certified trainer for the National Association of REALTORS®, Kama Burton — who is also the 2022 President of the Inland Valleys Association of REALTORS®. You will learn about the mind science of identity, study how implicit bias can result in fair housing violations, and engage in interactive exercises to enhance communication skills and business relationships with clients of all backgrounds. Lemme tell you, Kama is a super engaging speaker and presenter 3 hours will fly by. The class is $35. Register here.
If you do not have the opportunity to attend these in-person events, NAR has several free offering as well available here.