CREFC’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee

CREFC’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee is charged with ensuring continued progress toward CREFC’s vision of developing policies and programs that promote workplace diversity and inclusion and foster a culture that ensures every voice is welcomed, heard, and respected. Working with this Committee, CREFC will strive to incorporate minority voices in all that we do, including on our panels and discussion groups at industry events. 

The DEI Committee initiatives are the continuation of CREFC’s long-standing efforts to work toward the expansion of diversity within the CRE finance industry. Through ongoing actions and utilizing our DEI Sub-Committees, we will continue addressing inequality in our nation. 

For more information or to get involved with one of CREFC’s DEI Sub-Committees, please contact Garren Fox

Ongoing Initiatives

CREFC Center for Real Estate Finance Scholarship
In January 2020, CREFC announced the creation of the CREFC Center for Real Estate Finance at the NYU Schack Institute. A core objective of the endowment is to heighten diversity through increased opportunities within CRE finance at the university level for both graduate and undergraduate students. The center serves as a hub for industry collaboration, programming, and student engagement. Through the endowment, CREFC and NYU provide four scholarships each semester for deserving students; two of those scholarships are reserved exclusively for diverse candidates. 

Partnership with Historically Black Universities and Colleges (HBCUS)
CREFC’s DEI Committee is currently working with HBCUs on programs designed to:
  • Raise awareness about CRE finance amongst students and 
  • Allow them to engage with CREFC’s network of industry contacts
  • Learn about the industry via our catalogue of educational offerings, and
  • Participate in industry internship and mentorship programs.

CREFC’s overarching goal is to encourage heightened minority students and young professionals to participation in the CRE finance industry, with the goal of securing student employment upon graduation or enhancing the current employment status of those young professionals already in the sector. 
 

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