A message from the global president of CCIM Institute.
Fresh off Black History Month and Women’s
History Month and heading into Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, I want to
share a message of diversity and inclusion. CCIM Institute is proud to help
mold the future of commercial real estate to ensure it reflects society as a
whole, and our hope is that everyone who would like to pursue a career in this
wonderful industry can readily do so — all while empowered with the knowledge
and expertise offered by our premier core designation curriculum and other
The institute has a rich history of
DE&I programs and initiatives, focused on sharing the message of how a
career in CRE can be fulfilling and broadening the access to our education to
make dreams become a reality. For some, it is their first job out of college;
for others, it is their second or even third career. That is the beauty of this
industry — it can and should be for everyone who desires it.
The Cultural Diversity Education Program is
one initiative offering deeply discounted pricing on the core designation
curriculum to qualified diverse real estate professionals. Another opportunity
is the CCIM Foundation Veterans Scholarship, launched last year, that provides
qualifying U.S. military veterans up to $20,000 to use for non-degree-based
commercial real estate education, including the CCIM designation program.
To help usher in the next generation of
commercial real estate professionals, the institute continues to build its
partnerships with universities across the country, offering these students
institute course material and/or a Fast Track program to earn the CCIM
designation upon graduation from a partner university. Participating
universities include MIT, University of California, Los Angeles, Emory
University, and 50 other colleges and universities.
This year marks the official formation of
the institute’s DE&I committee to help guide the strategy and move us
forward toward this long-term goal. One of the first initiatives is to build on
our University Partner program by targeting historically black colleges and universities
to offer CCIM Institute courses, which exposes students to both our industry
and our real-world-based instruction.
And in each issue of Commercial Investment
Real Estate magazine, we celebrate the diversity of our industry and our
members, who cover the entire CRE ecosystem and span the globe. The institute’s
dedication to DE&I is unwavering, and I hope you join us in supporting all
our initiatives to further this goal.
Leslie G. Callahan, III
2022 CCIM Institute President
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