Advancing Diversity and Inclusion in Housing Development

Thu 5/9/2024 • 12:30PM - 2:30PM PDT

Marion Anderson Hall 110 Westwood Plaza Los Angeles, CA 90024


· Jose Loya, Assistant Professor of Urban Planning, UCLA Luskin School of Public Policy


· Sonya Falcone, Partner, Daylight Community Development, UCLA Anderson MBA 2019

· Devean Jamar George, President, Building Blocks

· Adriana Quiquivix, Assistant Director of Housing, A Community of Friends; UCLA Luskin MURP 2016

· Malika Billingslea, Senior Development Advisor, NEOO Partners Inc.

Housing development generates numerous professional opportunities in development, financing, and related sectors, yet the field affords relatively few opportunities to women and people of color. Nearly 111,000 of the 112,000 real estate development companies in the U.S. are white-owned, and only about a third of the workforce is women and 2% of C-level positions are held by Black men. California is adopting reforms to increase homebuilding, both to improve affordability and address racial and ethnic disparities in housing outcomes, but more housing production also offers the possibility of addressing disparities in the real estate sector itself. This panel, featuring Los Angeles-based Black and women housing development professionals, will discuss the challenges and opportunities for advancing diversity and inclusion in the field. During the conversation, they will address questions such as: How can people from underrepresented groups enter and succeed in the development industry, and housing development specifically? What barriers keep them from doing so, and how can those barriers be broken down? And what benefits could come from a more diverse development sector, both for individuals and society?

Registration is Free. Visit the Event Page to sign up. Optional Parking in UCLA Parking Structure 4 Visitor Area parking is available at rates of $3-$15 (1 hour to All Day) for Pay by Spaces.

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