DEI/Fair Housing

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion/Fair Housing

DEI, which stands for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, is a term that is becoming more and more prevalent in all aspects of society, including the business world. DEI is a conceptual framework that promotes the fair treatment and full participation of all people, especially in the workplace, including populations who have historically been underrepresented or subject to discrimination because of their background, identity, disability, etc.

The BNAR is committed to these important principles and has a dedicated staff member, Brenda Alesii, overseeing DEI education and initiatives for our members, staff, board of directors, and constituents. DEI strengthens us as an Association; these ideals will embody our culture moving forward to ensure innovation and organizational success.

DEI Committee Meeting April 27 

I’m extremely proud of the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion committee, which continually works to make not only the real estate industry live by these principles, but strives to incorporate DEI in all aspects of our lives. Thanks to Professor Fauzan Haq for a fascinating this morning presentation and to the committee’s engagement.


DEI Committee Meeting March 23

What happens when you get a group of dedicated, passionate Realtors for our first in-person Diversity, Equity & Inclusion meeting of 2022 at the BNAR? A meeting filled with creative ideas and purpose! Thanks to the committee members and a big tip of the hat to our guest speakers, Kathy Spillman and Andy Cammarata from Journey's End Refugee Services. Their presentation was not only eye-opening, but informative and timely.

Mother Language Day celebrates both cultural and linguistic diversity and honors all languages of the world. The resolution establishes the day in New York State, in conjunction with International Mother Language Day, which was officially proclaimed in 1999 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Mother Language Day originated in Bangladesh and honors the sacrifice of those who were killed protesting for the right to speak their native language. As we continue to welcome immigrant and refugee communities in Western New York, it is essential that we celebrate the cultural and linguistic diversity of our region and the state as a whole.

Upcoming Events:

The Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center, 845 Depot Ave. West, Niagara Falls, and Explore and More, the Ralph C. Wilson Children’s Museum at Canalside in downtown Buffalo will hold free Black History Month programs for kids 3 to 12 at 2 p.m. Saturday in each other’s facilities. Youngsters will learn about Black role models, past and present, followed by an art-making session. For more info and to register, click on Events at

Panel Discussion from Agents Day on November 3, 2021 is now available on You Tube

BNAR No Longer Invisible: Being Heard & Seen; a Frank discussion about Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

DEI is not going away; embracing it can drive innovation and organizational success!

Earlier this year the BNAR launched their first virtual panel discussion focusing on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) in April. Diversity is expressed in many different ways: races, ethnicities, languages, religions, ages, disabilities, sexual orientations, gender identities, socioeconomic statuses, veteran status, and more. Leaders are now met with the challenge of addressing topics that may have previously been thought of as "too political" for the workplace. Today, it’s widely known that speaking up is an opportunity to support your employees and co-workers, and enhance the company culture. These conversations are not about politics - we're talking about basic humanity.  


DEI Session

Over 40 members attended the DEI session earlier this year