Diversity: March/April 2011

Diversity Council 2010 achievements

By: Renee Ortiz-Aaron

The Diversity Council’s purpose is to continue to strengthen member involvement in the association, to encourage participation and leadership by diverse members, and to address an inclusive understanding of diversity.

In 2010, the Diversity Council worked to achieve its goals to reflect the purpose of the council. As part of this, the subcouncil groups were renamed advisory groups. The association’s advisory groups currently have more than 500 members.

  • The Diversity Council’s achievements for 2010 included the following.
  • Participated in community-outreach activities like Legislative Day, the Public Policy Seminar and Workforce Housing Fair.
  • Participated at signature Charlotte multicultural festivals and events like the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA), Neighborhood Symposium, Dragon Boat/Asian, Sunset Jazz  Festival and Latin-American Festival.
  • Organized the annual school-supply drive for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS).
  • Managed the verification of language fluency for bilingual Realtors®.
  • Awarded five scholarships for members to participate in the 2010 Charlotte Regional Realtor® Association’s Leadership Development Program.
  • Received a National Association of Realtors® (NAR) $4,000 grant to fund a Public Policy Seminar.
  • Conducted two free sessions of the NAR At Home With Diversity® course for association/CMLS members.
  • Hosted Fred Underwood, director, diversity and community outreach programs with NAR in February for the association board of directors meeting.
  • Provided ideas and recommendations to the association Nominating Committee to increase election awareness and participation.
  • Developed business-development strategies and partnerships with organizations like the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, Carolinas Asian-American Chamber of Commerce,
  • Latin-American Chamber of Commerce and Latin-American Coalition.
  • Hosted two networking events with educational and cultural components: Feng Shui and “What’s in a name? Hispanic vs. Latino.”

Diversity is valued and respected within the association, and all members are welcome to join any of the advisory groups regardless of ethnicity. To learn more, please contact Renee Ortiz-Aaron at
renee.ortiz-aaron@carolinahome.com or 704-940-3156.

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