At ULI, we are dedicated to improving the environments in which all people live, work, and play. Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are the pillars of sustainable, thriving communities. The calls for racial justice throughout the United States have strengthened our resolve and accelerated our efforts to promote DEI as a fundamental force for creating thriving communities for the future.
ULI Boston/New England recognizes that practitioners in the land use industry frequently do not reflect the identities of the communities in which they plan, develop, build, and transform. There are a number of initiatives, resources, and programs that we have instituted to diversify our membership and include a broader range of perspectives in important discussions on the future of our communities.
Ongoing DEI Efforts include:
In partnership with other leading Boston real estate organizations, ULI Boston/New England is a proud partner in the CREST (Commercial Real Estate Success Training) internship program. Each year, dozens of talented young college students are matched with local land use and real estate firms in a comprehensive, summer-long experience. Many interns are new to the prospect of careers in commercial real estate. ULI Boston/New England is a proud partner in this important effort to draw talented young people to the field.
Pathways to Inclusion
Pathways to Inclusion is a partnership between the Builders of Color Coalition and African-American Real Estate Professionals New England (AAREP) and is designed to broaden ULI membership and expand the professional networks of minority developers and land use professionals in New England.
The Pathways to Inclusion program provides individuals of color a scholarship to the Fall Meeting in addition to a one-year ULI membership. This is a value of more than $3,600.
Annual CRE Summit
Launched in 2019, the Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity Summit is held each spring to provide the opportunity to work together toward an equitable and inclusive recovery that provides equal access to all. Our hope is that the 2021 Summit will challenge leaders to create spaces of inclusion and begin to name next steps and outcomes toward equity. Supporting organizations include ULI Boston/New England, CREW Boston, NAIOP Massachusetts, CoreNet Global New England Chapter, and the Greater Boston Real Estate Board.