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DEI for the Long Haul

By Collete English Dixon, Roosevelt University 

Following a national racial reckoning in 2020, DEI efforts appear to be waning. But commercial real estate firms need to stand strong on diversity. Here’s why.

Following the killing of George Floyd in 2020, America had a moment of racial reckoning that touched nearly every aspect of society, including corporate America and the commercial real estate industry. 

As a result, many businesses pledged to improve diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in the workplace and to provide increased opportunities for people of color, women, LGBTQ+ and other underrepresented groups. They launched DEI programs, stepped up their recruitment of underrepresented employees and talked about how to better integrate marginalized people into the corporate fabric.

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