Diversity & Inclusion Committee

The Diversity & Inclusion Committee is an iniative launched by the Alumni for the Center for Real Estate (ACRE) board in early 2021. This sub-committee strives to implement a vision for diversity in real estate through outreach, communication and events.

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Impact Vision

1. Create an environment where students of diverse backgrounds can feel safe to be themselves and where their diversity is celebrated and elevated.
2. Becoming a more attractive program for people of diverse backgrounds, and increase
program representation with a sense of urgency/immediacy.

3. Increase diversity of program leadership (boards, faculty, lead speakers).

4. University to serve as a catalyst for employers to successfully implement healthy diverse work environments.


#PAst events

NC Women’s Affordable Housing Network Lunch & Learn, December 2021

On December 9, 2021, director of the MSRE program, Daniel Wright, and D&I co-chair, Liz Ward, participated in a lunch & learn on higher education opportunities in Real Estate in North Carolina.  In addition to UNCC, this virtual event also featured representatives from UNC-Chapel Hill Department of City & Regional Planning and UNC-Greensboro Center for Housing Policy.  You can access the recording here.

#CREFUTURE, March 2021

On March 19, 2021, the Childress Klein Center for Real Estate along with the ACRE board hosted the Spring 2021 #CREfuture.  This virtual event featured a panel discussion on the future of Diversity and Inclusion in Commercial Real Estate. Young professionals in the field discussed their experiences and ways to improve in this timely discussion.


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To learn more about ACRE's Diversity & Inclusion Committee and our efforts please contact Liz Ward.

Contact Information

Liz Ward
Chair, Diversity & Inclusion Committee
(704) 806-7957