GCAAR is hosting a webinar series to educate and inspire discussion around the history of institutionalized discrimination in real estate – and how those barriers still affect today’s society, both nationally and in our local communities. Watch the past webinars on our Member Replays page.
Researchers from Montgomery Planning’s Historic Preservation Office presented on their Mapping Segregation Project in Montgomery County. The webinar focused on how the project is documenting and explaining how the real estate industry, laws, government programs, and other institutionalized and systemic actions led to the inequitable development of Montgomery County.
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, GCAAR and NAHREP D.C. co-presented a webinar focused on the experience of Hispanic REALTORS® in Montgomery County and Washington, D.C. Moderated by Ileann Jimenez-Sepulveda, we welcomed panelists from our Hispanic community: Cher Castillo, Andres Serafini, Ana Maria Menendez, Daniel Llerena, Eddie Suarez, and Lou Vivas.
In honor of National Pride Month, we co-hosted a panel with the LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance, featuring LGBTQIA+ members who were willing to share their personal stories and experiences from working in the real estate industry over the last few decades. Moderated by GCAAR Secretary Christopher Suranna, our panel featured John Coplen, David DeSantis, Ed Downs, Shanika Hopson, and Renee Peres.
GCAAR’s History and Power of Real Estate series is back and we are kicking off the year with a panel, featuring a few of GCAAR’s very own REALTOR® members in honor of Black History Month. Moderated by President Harrison Beacher, we heard directly from Angela Jones and Dale Mattison about their experiences with DE&I in the real estate industry and how it affected them then and now.
On Wednesday, March 31, GCAAR co-hosted the second History & Power of Real Estate webinar of 2021 with the District of Columbia Association of REALTORS® and Prince George’s County Association of REALTORS®. We invited representatives from Historic Chevy Chase DC (HCCDC) to explain the history behind the proposal to re-name and revise the signage for Lafayette Park and Recreation Center in northwest DC. They had a great presentation with the background knowledge you need to market homes in this neighborhood!
GCAAR, the District of Columbia Association of REALTORS® and the Prince George's County Association of REALTORS® proudly presented a brand-new presentation featuring Richard Rothstein himself - the renowned author of the popular book, "The Color of Law" on Wednesday, Jan. 6. Rothstein built upon the earlier discussions we've hosted through our webinar series about how the residential segregation in the early/mid-20th century contributed to the racial segregation that characterizes every metropolitan area in the U.S. today.
Take a look at the additional resources Richard Rothstein provided to the presentation’s attendees here.
On Monday, Oct. 26 at 2 p.m., GCAAR and DCAR continued their History and Power of Real Estate series with Dr. Miriam Bunow, Education & Outreach Manager of Peerless Rockville, to discuss the development of Lincoln Park, its context in Montgomery County history and significant homes/individuals/sites within.
On Monday, Sept. 21 at 2 p.m., Sarah Shoenfeld, co-owner of research firm Prologue DC, led the webinar “Mapping Segregation in D.C.,” focusing on the development history and racial context of the District’s Bloomingdale neighborhood, as well as legal challenges that emerged from it
To kick off the new series, on August 20, GCAAR and the District of Columbia Association of REALTORS® presented the first webinar, "Race and Real Estate Context & History."
To set the stage for the rest of the series, 2020 GCAAR Secretary Harrison Beacher and Nicole Canole, East + Ivy CEO discussed the book, “The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America”* by Richard Rothstein. Take a look at the slide deck and replay recording!
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