That needs to change.
Diversity and Inclusion is a huge topic, and it goes so much deeper then race relations. We need to acquire a greater awareness and sensitivity to all the issues that go beyond assumed categories. Diversity is the mosaic of people who bring a variety of backgrounds, styles, perspectives, values, and beliefs to the groups and organizations in which they interact.
Let us look at the rental housing industry as an example. When I became a “rental hostess” at the age of 21, every on-site manager position was held by either an elderly or middle-aged woman. Our office staff was all female, but the Regional Managers, VP’s, and Senior Directors were men. And, they usually had never worked on site. And they were usually white.
Fast forward to 2020 and thankfully, this in no longer the case. There are increasingly more men in on-site manager positions, more women in the senior level executive suite, and more minorities in our industry. I know a woman who became the Director of Maintenance at a major management company this year. This is a perfect example of diversity and inclusion in our industry. There are widespread initiatives to attract candidates of all colors, ages, orientations, and disabilities. Casting a wider net for recruitment will