The American Mortgage Diversity Council (AMDC), an independent organization focused on shaping the diversity agenda while advancing solutions that support a broad range of diversity initiatives, has released a request for proposals (RFP) this week. The RFP is for a two-fold educational model which recognizes the opportunity to promote knowledge surrounding key diversity and inclusion subject matter in the workplace and also fortifies the conversation through training across the mortgage servicing industry.
Landmark Network Founder and CEO, Erik Richard, currently serves as AMDC Ex-Officio as Senior Program and Policy Advisor. The AMDc seeks, through this RFP, to develop an official educational training program on Diversity and Inclusion within the mortgage industry. The project is intended to further the education and understanding of professionals employed within the mortgage industry on the subject of workplace diversity and inclusion. Proposals are due on March 21st.
The organization is also holding a meeting for potential applicants so that the applicants can ask the AMDC questions about the RFP. Each organization submitting a proposal may send up to two representatives on March 7th.
Proposals must include educational modules on the following topics, as specified by AMDC in the RFP:
- All instructional modules must be clear and explicit regarding the scope and sequence of skills and expected outcomes.
- The content of the module must include educational materials focused on the following subjects:
- The history of the mortgage industry’s movement toward more robust diversity and inclusion practices.
- Creating an inclusive environment.
- The basic tenants and consequences of Executive Order 13583, signed by President Barrack Obama on August 23, 2011.
- Relevant workplace protections for suspect classifications of individuals (e.g. ethnic minorities, women, LGBT individuals, etc.)
- Statistics concerning the share of individuals belonging to one or more suspect classification in the mortgage industry.
- Compliance with all state and federal regulations connected to diverse hiring practices and the basics of implementation for successful diverse hiring initiatives.
- Relevant workplace protections for individuals with disabilities.
- Implementation of Section 342 of the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
- Relevant aspects of supply-chain diversity practices.
- The connection between diversity/inclusion and innovation.
- Workplace conflict resolution.
- Emerging issues in diversity and inclusion.
The RFP is 15 pages long, including an appendix and details regarding other aspects of the submission process. It can be read in full, here.