NEW YORK, NY – The Thurgood Marshall College Fund, the nation’s largest organization representing exclusively the Black College community, has formed a partnership with CBRE Group Inc. to help students at historically Black colleges and universities prepare for careers in commercial real estate.
Through this partnership, the organizations aim to create a more inclusive and diverse talent pool for the industry.
“Helping students pursue higher education not only helps them succeed, but also has a positive impact on their families and communities,” said Dr. Harry L. Williams, President and CEO of TMCF. “CBRE’s partnership with TMCF will help HBCU students gain an education and experiences that will open opportunities and empower them to inspire and build better lives and communities.”
The partnership will provide key opportunities for students, including a corporate real estate innovation challenge. The two and a half day business pitch competition will allow students to gain experience in business ideation, business model canvas, pitching, intrapreneurship and entrepreneurship. Challenge participants will engage with executives, business leaders and CBRE HBCU alumni.
Through this partnership, select students will be able to enjoy an immersive Commercial Real Estate 101 experience, where they will work with CBRE professionals through programs designed to promote professional and personal growth. Students will also benefit from a research initiative, led by TMCF’s national think tank, the Payne Center, which focuses on education access, health equity, technology, civic engagement and wealth creation.
The partnership will allow 400 students to gain experience through an intensive four-day leadership institute, which will include professional development and networking sessions led by CBRE professionals. The partnership will also focus on campus engagement with TMCF member schools, including HBCUs and predominantly black institutions.
“This partnership expands CBRE’s active efforts to attract and develop talent that represents the communities in which we live and work,” said Dr. Todd Jenkins, Senior Director of Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. at CBRE. “Providing students with access to CBRE’s subject matter experts and leaders and enabling their participation in our professional development programs will help them envision and realize future careers in our industry.”
TMCF has supported nearly 300,000 students who attend HBCUs and predominantly black institutions. Since its founding in 1987, the charity has awarded more than $300 million in scholarships and boasts a 90% graduation rate for students in its programs.