"Hi, my name is Andrea Bedard, and I am a Diversity and Inclusion Champion!"
REALTORS® wear many hats. We have to adapt quickly, problem solve, navigate an ever-changing market and ever-evolving industry, continuously learn and commit to serving our local communities in the best ways possible.
My local board of REALTORS®, GCAAR (Greater Capital Association of REALTORS®) challenged its members to become Diversity & Inclusion Champions.
I am always eager to take on a challenge that helps me grow personally and professionally. I am proud to say that I leveled up and earned my D&I badge. I am now listed among my local peers (below are just a few):
Earning the D&I badge requires the successful completion of a 3-part program:
- the At Home With Diversity Certification (☑️ in 2017)
- NAR's Fair Haven Housing simulation
- Bias Override: Overcoming Barriers in Fair Housing
Being a Diversity & Inclusion Champion was important to me, as an immigrant, a mom, a CIPS® (Certified International Property Specialist), and a REALTOR® serving my local communities
I am glad I took the training, deepening my commitment to my diverse clientele, locally and globally. It is a requirement to serve on boards and committees which I hope to do in the future.