Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Is Overlooked by HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge
Appraisers, all the racial mud-slinging against appraisers by the current government is extremely disheartening toward our honored profession.
The people ‘in power’ over the last few years have been fond of image building and acronyms, believing those items will have magical influence over property values, and how people conduct themselves.
One of these is named DEI, which stands for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Here are definitions for those words, from the University of Iowa (sorry about the highlights). I also removed the word ‘campus’ because DEI is not just for colleges:
So why am I writing this tidbit today? Marcia Fudge, the Secretary of HUD, decided to convene a special meeting of master minds with absolutely no real diversity, equity or inclusion included, with the intent of “closing the racial gap and increasing access to homeownership in African American communities.”
This is the esteemed group:
You can read about this ‘call to action’ here: In Case You Missed It: HUD Secretary Convenes African American CEO Roundtable Discussion with Leaders from the Nation’s Leading Organizations | HUD.gov / U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
HUD’s primary responsibility and focus (since the 1930’s) is not to be oriented toward only one particular race or group. But apparently Ms. Fudge has a different viewpoint about this.
I’d like to challenge her to convene a special group to increase homeownership ability for Native Americans, Asians, Sikh Indians, and even disadvantaged white people also. That time, or with those individual groups, include some knowledgeable appraisers, economists and demographers on the panel.
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