Diversity-February/May 2011

Diversity events in February, May

By Karyn Lindsey
Vice President of Education
Director, Mingle School of Real Estate

At Home with Diversity, February

In February, Mingle School and the Diversity Council partnered and offered the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) At Home with Diversity certification program to members at no charge. Mingle instructor Dana Rhodes, DREI, facilitated the full-day program.

The course is part of a comprehensive cultural diversity outreach program that helps real estate professionals diversify their workplaces and improve the industry’s ability to serve culturally diverse consumers. The training, built on the letter and spirit of the Fair Housing Act, provides participants with tools to build diversity outreach into their business plans to best serve a dynamic and growing market.

Based on the class survey, all attendees were definitely impressed with the course work, which helped open their eyes to the multicultural world in which we live and service as Realtors®.

“The instructor was very informative. He shared with us how to research and interpret data to assess cultural attributes in local markets,” said participant Shobna Khandekar.

Charlotte Dragon Boat Festival, May 7

The Diversity Council is committed to improving the Realtor® image and communicating pertinent information to the community by securing exhibit space at key events in the Charlotte region.

On May 7, the seventh-annual Charlotte Dragon Boat Festival will celebrate Asian culture.  The Carolinas Asian-American Chamber of Commerce organizes the event to help different groups of Asian-Americans in Charlotte preserve and share the richness of their individual cultures with the entire community.

Asian-American heritage is showcased by traditional and contemporary performing arts, pageantry, cultural customs, delicious cuisine, educational booths, arts and crafts, in addition to a full day of action-packed dragon boat racing.

The festival is centered on races of colorful traditional Chinese boats dating back 2,000-plus years to a Chinese Legend. A dragon boat is a large, canoe-like craft made from wood and fiberglass that is colorfully painted and decorated with a dragon’s head on the front and a tail on the back. It is truly an impressive sight to see an elaborately adorned dragon boat surging toward the finish line with its engine of 20 paddlers in perfect unison to the drummer’s beat.

The free, family-oriented festival is always well-attended by more than 6,500 people. The Diversity Council is sponsoring a booth for the fourth consecutive year. Come out and see us!