DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION
A Better Future for all
Homeownership is the primary contributor to building wealth in America. Because REALTORS® play a pivotal role furthering fair housing, we can advance wealth equity by increasing housing opportunities for those who have been historically disenfranchised and marginalized.
To accomplish this, we must first acknowledge our history. REALTOR® Associations, including MIBOR, contributed to practices of discrimination and systemic racism. In addition, MIBOR failed to admit Black real estate professionals as members until years after the civil rights movement. The impact of our actions weighs heavy and can still be seen and felt in our communities.
Today, it is our responsibility to take action toward tangible and lasting change for our organization and our community. MIBOR REALTORS® are actively fighting discrimination. We are committed to providing every potential homeowner access to the home and neighborhood of their choice.
This work cannot be accomplished alone. As we move forward, we will partner with industry and community groups for input and collaboration. We will seek opportunities to strengthen our marketplace and empower our members as they help fulfill the dream of home ownership for all regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, national origin, socioeconomic status, political affiliation, or other qualities by which we may define ourselves.
MIBOR REALTOR® Association represents over 9,000 REALTORS® in central Indiana and is committed to a membership culture where diversity, equity and inclusion are integrated into every aspect of MIBOR REALTOR® Association, the MIBOR Service Corporation, and the MIBOR REALTOR® Foundation.
This is our commitment. Join us on our journey to a better future for all.
Acknowledging our history
- 1924 – MIBOR BOARD voted and specified in the by-laws that only white males could participate in the association. This was in response to growing national pressure for social inclusion of women and people of color.
- 1938 – Women’s Council of the National Association of Real Estate Boards is formed, it was renamed in 1972 as the National Women’s Council of REALTORS®.
- 1942 – Mary Binford is appointed executive secretary, becoming the first woman involved with MIBOR’s leadership
- 1947 – Women were accepted to the Indianapolis Real Estate Board after a Board vote on December 11. Female agents were still not permitted to become officers at the time.
- 1954 – MIBOR member Margaret Evans is first woman to operate her own brokerage.
- 1964 – Indianapolis’ local chapter of the Women’s Council of REALTORS is formed.
- 1965 – William T. Ray becomes the first black member of MIBOR.
- 1970 – Helen Hirt becomes the first woman to win “REALTOR of the Year”
- 1970 – Daisy Lloyd becomes first black woman accepted to the MIBOR after having been a member with NAR since 1968.
- 1973 – NAR President Sawyer appoints REALTORS® from around the country to promote “the REALTORS’® agenda” in Washington. Indianapolis REALTOR® Wanda Grabner, a former President of the Indiana Association of REALTORS®, was one of the first women to serve on the national committee.
1976 – Helen Hirt becomes the first woman president of MIBOR.
- 2012 – MIBOR works with John H. Boner Community Center and other organizations from the Near Eastside to build or renovate 32 homes (one to represent each of the 32 NFL teams) to house 32 families coming out of, or on the verge of, homelessness.
- 2016 – Roger Lundy becomes MIBOR’s first openly LGBTQ+ president.
- 2021 – Regina Jones becomes the first black president of MIBOR.
Get involved - FAIR HOUSING CHALLENGE:
STAND UP FOR RACIAL EQUITY
To complete the challenge, simply visit the components listed below, and then fill out the confirmation form to indicate completion of each task.
Watch the video to learn more.
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.
At Home with Diversity Certification
At Home With Diversity is an educational experience designed to present a picture of the changing face of the real estate industry. More importantly, the class teaches REALTORS® how to work effectively with—and within—a rapidly changing multicultural market.
Implicit Bias Training
In this video, you will watch an online workshop to help members avoid implicit bias in their daily business interactions.
Local Multicultural real estate organizations
resources for realtors®
Resources from the National Association of REALTORS®
- The Timeline of Housing Rights in America
- A Snapshot of Race and Home Buying in America
- Fairhaven: A Fair Housing Simulation
- Leading With Diversity Program
- Multicultural Real Estate Organizations
- Test Whether You Have a Hidden Bias
- Bias Override: Overcoming Barriers to Fair Housing
- That's Who We R: Fair Housing Assets
- Realtors® Believe Fairness Is Worth Fighting For
- An Overview of the Fair Housing Act [VIDEO]
- Groundbreaking Report Identifies Bias and Systemic Barriers in Real Estate Appraisals