We recognize that ULI has not prioritized racial diversity, inclusion and equity; and now, as much as any time in our history, we must grapple with this truth. With the senseless killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and countless others, the racial divide in our society and our systems, as well as the history and legacy of racist land use policies and practices, are top of mind. We believe Black Lives Matter. The questions are many, including why have we not been doing more and how do we change this going forward?
We at ULI SF are many things, including a real estate organization and a community of people who are each unique, and yet collectively do not represent the diversity of our surrounding communities. We are inviting you to work with us going forward.
We are setting up an Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee to provide guidance on our programming, our governance, and BIPOC membership fund.
We are partnering with our national office on our Pathways to Inclusion program to increase participation by people of color at the ULI Fall Meeting 2020. Information on the program and the application can be found here. Applications are due by September 22, 2020, 5 PM.
We are in the process of exploring various partnerships with community groups. If you are interested in discussing how your group and ULI San Francisco might work together please contact Michelle Malanca Frey or Natalie Sandoval.
We are listening. We are open to ideas. We are open to criticism. We want to know what you believe will move us all forward as an industry and an organization that promotes diversity and opportunity and safety and equity for all.