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Ohio REALTORS is Proud to Present the New DE & I Certification

Ohio REALTORS supports Diversity and Inclusion, as well as a continued commitment to Fair Housing as part of its core values.  Take your commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion to the next level by achieving your DE & I Certification.

Participants who complete this certification will gain a better understanding of how to foster a more inclusive and welcoming environment and promote equity for all.

For 2024 only, this new certification is being offered as an Ohio REALTORS member Benefit, free to all attendees. 

DE & I Certification Overview

  • 10 virtual classes (Live Online) offered, one per month, beginning in March 2024.
  • Each class provides 1 hour of Real Estate Continuing Education (CE).
  • Certification requires completion of 6 out of 10 classes.
  • NAR’s Fairhaven & Bias Override Courses each qualify as one of the 6 courses required for this certification.


Register Now to Start Your DE & I Certification:  

First session: Homeownership and LGBTQ+ Consumers | March 27, 2024 | Virtual Class (Live Online) | 1 Hour CE | 1 pm - 2 pm

Presenter: Alex Cruz, ABR, GRI, CNE, AHWD

This presentation is thought-provoking and interactive with attendees sharing experiences; he covers impressions and understanding of the LGBTQ community; how attendees’ impression/understanding has evolved over the years; provides definitions to common terms associated with LGBTs; Privilege for Sale refers to what heterosexual couples take for granted that LGBT couples might not be allowed such as paid leave if your spouse/partner passes away, different tax treatment for hetero v. LGBT couples; also a discussion on ‘coming out’; plus, a review of statistics on purchasing power for the LGBT community.

Second session: Fair Housing Trends and Resources | April 30, 2024 | Virtual Class (Live Online) | 1 Hour CE | 2 pm - 3 pm

Presenter: John T. Zimmerman, VP, Miami Valley Fair Housing Center

This program provides a fair housing update on current web-based resources for housing professionals and the latest fair housing trends.  The course reviews the protected classes, how to make a referral to any of 10 Ohio Fair Housing organizations and the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, and how to identify the signs of discrimination.  The instructor will review common requests by people with disabilities to assist them in the provision of an accommodation tied to a home purchase.  Denial of an accommodation is the most common fair housing complaint filed with HUD.  Source of Income discrimination will be reviewed using a best practices video produced by the National Association of REALTORS.

Third session: Bias Override: Overcoming Barriers to Fair Housing | May 30, 2024 | Virtual Class (Live Online) | 3 Hour CE | 9:00 am - 12:15 pm

Instructor: Tiffany Lobertini, ABR, AHWD, C2EX Ambassador, ePro, GREEN, MRP, SRS, PPS

Overcoming Barriers to Fair Housing helps real estate professionals interrupt stereotypical thinking so they can avoid fair housing pitfalls and provide equal professional service to every customer or client. Participants will examine the history of bias in real estate, learn about the mind science of identity, study how implicit bias can result in fair housing violations, and engage in interactive exercises to enhance communication skills and business relationships with clients of all backgrounds.

Fourth session:  Do’s & Don’ts of Working with Special Needs Clients | June 27 | Virtual Class (Live Online) | 1 Hour CE | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Presenter: John Young

The percentage of special needs people in the US is increasing at an alarming rate and currently accounts for 1 in 4 Americans. The National Association of REALTORS® has put a focus on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to make sure that all clients are treated fairly and equitably. It is critical that REALTORS® learn a proper standard of practice when caring for their special needs or disabled clients. This session covers things agent should and should not do in the real estate transaction.

Fifth session: The Color of Real Estate | July 25 | Virtual Class (Live Online) | 1 Hour CE | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Presenter: Julia Lashay Israel

The Color of Real Estate takes an in-depth look at the history of practices and policies that have contributed to today’s homeownership gap. You’ll learn how to create a lasting impact in society and in your real estate business by implementing diverse business strategies that ensure fair housing for all. Walk away with a better understanding of the importance of our role as REALTORS.

Sixth session: Cultural Differences and Etiquettes for Global Business | Aug. 29 | Virtual Class (Live Online) | 1 Hour CE | 1:00 pm -2:00 pm

Presenter: Rajeev Rajpal, AHWD, CIPS

With over 100 billion dollars’ worth of real estate sold to international buyers every year and a large percentage of households speaking a non-English language, it is crucial to understand and respect different cultures.  We will go over the cultural differences, things to do or not do, the top 5 countries buying real estate in USA, and the top countries where Americans are buying or investing.

Seventh session: VA Benefits Underutilized: A Guide for Realtors to Make the Difference | Sept. 30 | Virtual Class (Live Online) | 1 Hour CE | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Presenter: Ashok Ghildyal, Loan Originator, First Community Mortgage

This program provides a macro discussion on home appreciation and projected interest rates.  We’ll dive into the demographics of veterans – who they are and how many use the VA mortgage program, provide a comparison of VA mortgage vs other programs – FHA, conventional and jumbo, and discuss the overall benefits of VA mortgage financing.

Eighth session: Bias in Appraisals: What Agents and Appraisers Need to Know | Oct. 24 | Virtual Class (Live Online) | 1 Hour CE | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Presenter: Melanie McLane, ABR, CRB, CRS, EPRO, GREEN, GRI, RAA, RSPS, PSA, SRES, SRS

Can you recognize when and how bias can appear in appraisals?  Can you recognize your own bias?  In this session, we’ll discuss the requirements under Fannie Mae and USPAP prohibiting bias from being a part of any appraisal.

Ninth session: Fair Housing for the Property Manager | Nov. 21 | Virtual Class (Live Online)| 1 Hour CE | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Presenter: Marc Cunningham

Complying with fair housing isn't just good business practice; it's the law. Fair housing starts with the federal Fair Housing Act and continues through state and local regulations. This course isn't just a fair housing overview, it will educate property managers on what they should and should not be doing in their day-to-day business operations. We'll keep it practical and address current fair housing hot topics in the property management world such as how to handle service animal requests.

Tenth session: Life’s Not Fair, but Digital Advertising Must Be | Dec. 17 | Virtual Class (Live Online) | 1 Hour CE | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Presenter: Trista Curzydlo, Esq.

Social media websites and digital advertising mediums make target marketing a particular demographic easier than ever before.  Find out when target marketing becomes “stating a preference” under the Fair Housing Act and what risk reduction techniques you need to enact.


Contact: Deanna Wright, Professional Development Coordinator -