The WRA is dedicated to improving diversity, equity, and inclusion within our communities and industry. One specific component of this endeavor is to help educate our members and the public about implicit bias.
Bias, a preference for or an aversion against someone or against a specific thing, is often discussed. However, in the context of fair housing, implicit bias is less frequently discussed. Implicit bias is the automatic association that emerges instantly in our unconscious brains regarding groups and identities like race, sex, age, or religion.
If we are not honest with ourselves first, we will never be able to address the broader societal issues associated with discrimination. With honesty and self-reflection, we can learn to combat implicit bias in real estate and beyond.