LOS ANGELES-The University of Southern California‘s Ross Minority Program in Real Estate will offer courses in San Diego for the first time this fall. Despite its title, the program is open to anyone from, working in, or planning to work in underserved communities.

At the same time, the executive education platform is also trying to increase diversity in commercial real estate. Statistics from the National Assn. of Realtors say the field was 89% percent white and 76% male as of 2012. The program has taught 700 students to date, most now working in all aspects of real estate to develop affordable housing, retail, mixed-use, office and community facilities in underserved communities.

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