Seed Grant Award: Building an Anti-racist and Equitable Context for Black Students in Columbia’s M.Sc. Real Estate Development Program

Patrice Derrington, Diane Branch, Ed Poteat, Real Estate Development

Patrice Derrington, Diane Branch (not pictured), Ed Poteat, Real Estate Development

The proposal seeks to broaden and deepen the understanding of racial inequities in real estate that impact the Black community and embed this into the on-going curriculum. Additionally, it is anticipated that this exploration will inform further policy and programmatic changes to the program.

The specific accomplishments was supported by this proposal are as follows:

  • To establish an on-going symposium to educate MSRED students on the historical and current effects of institutional racism as it relates to real estate and Black Americans, and launch this in the Fall of 2020 (hopefully mid-October) around a focused attention to the murder of George Floyd.
  • To establish an alumni network of Black MSRED alumni with the following purposes:
    • To assist in increasing applications from Black students for the MSRED Program 
    • To provide mentoring, advice and professional support for Black students in the MSRED program, and therefore attract more Black applicants
    • To support the Black alumni, now and in the future, of the MSRED Program and their initiatives

This project was funded through the Addressing Racism: A Call to Action for Higher Education initiative of the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement.