The program will help attract more diverse talent to the commercial real estate industry
BETHESDA, MD., July 19, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Walker & Dunlop, Inc. today announced that it will be a corporate sponsor of the Rutgers Center for Real Estate, pledging to help students, especially those from minorities, better prepare for careers in commercial real estate. The partnership offers invaluable hands-on learning opportunities, mentorship by industry experts, paid internships with hands-on experience, and one-on-one support from industry professionals.
Irelynne Estevez-Waller, Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Walker & Dunlop, said, “We want to open doors for students who otherwise might not have had this opportunity. Work with Rutgers allows us to put our expertise at the service of those interested in our industry and, ultimately, to develop a new pool of diverse talent. »
Students will participate in competitions that will test their knowledge of commercial reality, vffl real estate financing and development in real-life situations. One of the internships available is through Project Destined, a non-profit organization that specializes in training underserved youth in real estate and investing.
“Our partner companies like Walker & Dunlop are extremely important because of the experiential learning opportunities and support they provide,” said Lei Lei, dean of Rutgers Business School, in Rutger’s announcement of new sponsorship. “Our students will be able to apply their knowledge in real-life situations providing them with powerful learning experiences and enhancing their time in class.”
“Our alliance with Rutgers will provide students with the network and experience that will enhance their resumes and prepare them for jobs after graduation. By supporting these students, we are helping to ensure a diverse talent pool in the commercial real estate industry,” said Estevez-Waller.
“It’s an honor for Rutgers to have Walker & Dunlop as a corporate partner, given its long history of excellence and commitment to diversity in commercial real estate,” said Morris A. Davis, Paul J. Profeta Professor of Real Estate and Academic Director of the Rutgers Center for Real Estate. “We look forward to exploring all possible benefits for our students.”
Walker & Dunlop is committed to being a leader in diversity, equity and inclusion. Through our strong partnerships with education-focused organizations, our industry leadership through CRE United, and our own ambitious corporate goals, we strive to cultivate a more diverse industry that reflects the makeup of the neighborhoods in which we live, work, shop and play. .
For more information on Walker & Dunlop’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion plan, please read the following press releases:
Walker & Dunlop (NYSE: WD) is one of the largest providers of capital to the commercial real estate industry, enabling property owners and operators to realize their vision for communities – where Americans live, work, shop and play . The power of our people, our leading brand and our cutting-edge technology make us more insightful and valuable to our customers, delivering an unparalleled experience every step of the way. With more than 1,400 employees in all major US markets, Walker & Dunlop has consistently been named one of FortuneThe best places to work® and is committed to making the commercial real estate industry more inclusive and diverse while creating meaningful social, environmental and economic change in our communities.
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