Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Our Vision: To advocate for a welcoming and safe community that ensures diversity, equity, and inclusion with equal opportunity and a sense of belonging for all.

Our Mission: To promote and cultivate a diverse commercial real estate workforce at all levels that is a reflection of the communities where they reside through talent recruitment, education and training, content development and promotion, and by leading on industry diversity and inclusion initiatives with member companies and related groups.

Browse our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Resource Library for resources from around the industry, as well as guidance for creating DEI initiatives in your own BOMA local association.

Are you passionate about enhancing diversity, equity and inclusion within the commercial real estate industry? If so, consider joining BOMA International’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee. For more information about BOMA International's DEI efforts and how to get involved, contact Kanwal Saluja.

In spring 2021, BOMA International partnered with the National Institute of Building Sciences and 17 other real estate organizations on a Built Environment Social Equity Survey. The comprehensive research study collected critical data on the built environment workforce. The BOMA International Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee will use this data as a benchmark to inform future initiatives and gauge our progress in developing a more diverse and inclusive community.

BOMA's History of Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

From its longtime support of Project REAP (The Real Estate Associate Program), which promotes a more diverse industry by connecting top talent with commercial real estate companies, to its participation in the Real Estate Diversity Initiative (REDI) with other real estate associations, BOMA has a long history of championing inclusion as a core value. BOMA’s events regularly feature education sessions and presentations about creating a more inclusive industry, including the very popular annual Women in Commercial Real Estate program. Through mentorship programs, such as the Daniel W. Chancey Leadership Academy and scholarship programs, including the J. Michael Coleman Scholarship, BOMA International continues to recruit and develop a talented and diverse group of future leaders for the commercial real estate industry. BOMA local associations are also committed to diversity, equity and inclusion—for instance, BOMA/Chicago’s Foundation, which houses BOMA/Chicago’s 25-year-old+ Diversity Committee, was established to support underrepresented professionals in Chicago's commercial real estate industry through scholarships and outreach. Learn more about how BOMA/Chicago and other BOMA local associations are supporting diversity, equity and inclusion efforts in their communities below.

Get Involved at the Local Level

Contact your BOMA local association to find out more about how you can get involved in your area, or visit the BOMA local associations below.