University of Alabama’s New Program Seeks to Increase Diversity in the Real Estate Industry

A new effort launched by a University of Alabama real estate research, education and outreach center seeks to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion in the industry. The Career Opportunities in Real Estate initiative, or CORE, established by the Alabama Center for Real Estate aims to make the real estate industry more accessible to students and young professionals in underrepresented groups.

CORE is an eight-week online credentialing course consisting of eight modules featuring live and self-paced real estate career content, as well as professional development resources, soft skills training, and access to life coaching.

Currently, 81 students from 37 schools, including seven historically Black colleges and universities, are enrolled in the initial pilot cohort. The next three CORE cohorts begin February 7, June 6, and September 26 in 2022.

Enrollment in the program is free for accepted students due to the contributions of the Commercial Real Estate Women Network, the Institute of Real Estate Management Foundation, the National Multifamily Housing Council, the Alabama Power Foundation, and Graham & Company.

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