Fair Housing and Lending Seminar

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Fair Housing and Lending Seminar
Thursday, April 5, 2018, 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and
Friday, April 6, 2018, 8:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
City of Columbia City Hall
701 East Broadway, Columbia, MO 65201

Registration is now open for the 2018 Fair Housing and Lending Seminar which will be held on  Thursday, April 5, 2018, and Friday, April 6, 2018, at Columbia City Hall.

This free public event will include presentations by fair housing and lending experts.  In addition, the event includes a City programs fair and networking opportunities. The programs fair will allow participants to meet with representatives of different housing, neighborhood, energy efficiency and sustainability programs.

The seminar is hosted by the City of Columbia’s Human Rights and Disabilities Commissions.  Central Bank of Boone County, the Columbia Apartment Association, the Columbia Board of Realtors, the Columbia Housing Authority, and the Missouri Commission on Human Rights are sponsors of the event.

Continuing education credits are available for Missouri licensed attorneys and real estate professionals.  This event has also been approved by the Matters of Social Justice: Journey Toward Inclusive Excellence Program.

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Pre-registration is appreciated


Event Schedule:

Thursday, April 5, 2018 

Speakers sponsored by Columbia Board of Realtors.  Snacks and refreshments provided by Columbia Apartment Association.

Thursday’s program has been approved for 3 CORE credits for Missouri licensed real estate professionals and by the Missouri Bar for 3.3 MCLE credit hours for Missouri licensed attorneys.

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.          
Registration and Programs Fair Opens.

1:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.            
Welcome and Presentation of Fair Housing and Lending Month Proclamation, presented by City of Columbia Mayor Brian Treece.

1:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.         
Focus on Fair Housing presented by Nate K. Johnson, President of Real Estate Solutions Group @ RedKey Realty Leaders.

4:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
Closing Remarks presented by City of Columbia Human Rights Commission Chair Zach Rubin.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Friday’s program has been approved by the Missouri Bar for 5.4 MCLE credit hours for Missouri licensed attorneys.

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Registration and Programs Fair Opens.  Breakfast sponsored by Central Bank of Boone County.

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. 
Welcome and Special Presentation by Mayor Brian Treece.

9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.              
Affirmatively furthering fair housing in Columbia and the Community Land Trust, presented by Randy Cole, City of Columbia Housing Programs Manager.

9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.            
Redlining, Fair Housing and Lending and Missouri, presented by Gary Kremer, Executive Director of the State Historical Society of Missouri, Adjunct Professor of History at the University of Missouri, and author.

10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.          
Snacks and refreshments sponsored by the Columbia Apartment Association.

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.          
Update on Fair Housing and Lending Laws and Cases, presented by University of Missouri School of Law Professor Rigel Oliveri.

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.                        
Lunch sponsored by Columbia Board of Realtors.


Friday Afternoon Concurrent Sessions:

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.             
Building Inclusive Communities (BIC) Workshop* presented by City of Columbia BIC Facilitrainers: Stephanie Brown, Kari Utterback, Dominique King, JJ Musgrove, and Jay-Dee Busch. Based upon the National Conference for Community and Justice’s model, this small group workshop focuses on early life socialization, dynamics of privilege and power, forces at work in systems of oppression, and how to create change in a person’s own life and institutional or work setting.     *This concurrent session is limited to 25 participants.


1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.              
Fair Housing and Lending Complaints under the Missouri Human Rights Act presented by Eric Krekel, Director of Investigative Operations for the Missouri Commission on Human Rights.

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.              
Redlining, Fair Lending and Community Reinvestment presented by Elisabeth Risch, Assistant Director of the Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing and Opportunity Council.

3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.           
Closing Remarks presented by City of Columbia Human Rights Commission Chair Zach Rubin.



Biographies of Speakers:

Nate K. Johnson
President of Real Estate Solutions Group @ RedKey Realty Leaders                                                                                    

  Nate K. Johnson

Nate K. Johnson is the President of the Real Estate Solutions Group @ RedKey Realty Leaders.  Nate has been a member of the St. Louis Association of REALTORS (“SLAR”) since 1999.  He served as the 2011 President of SLAR.  Nate has chaired several SLAR committees including the Equal Opportunity/Cultural Diversity Committee, as well as the Urban Affairs Committee.  Nate is the President of the St. Louis Association of Real Estate Professionals (SLAREP).  On the state level, Nate has been Chairman of the Economic Development Council and currently serves on the Leadership Team as President-Elect for the Missouri REALTORS.  He is also a member of the Missouri Realtors Honor Society and is the current Chairman of the Smart Growth Advisory Board for the National Association of REALTORS.  Additionally, Nate serves as President of the Board of Directors for the Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing Opportunity Council, which is the only private, not-for-profit fair housing enforcement agency working to end illegal housing discrimination in the Metropolitan St. Louis area.  Nate recently completed a 4-year term as a Commissioner of the Preservation Board for the City of St. Louis.  He is also a member of the Regional Business Council’s Young Professional Leadership 100 group, and serves on the Board of Directors for Trailnet, whose mission is to lead in fostering healthy, active and vibrant communities where walking, bicycling and the use of public transit are a way of life. 

Nate is a member of the Real Estate Buyers Agency Council and has earned the Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR) Designation.  He is a Graduate of the REALTOR Institute (GRI), a member of the Council of Residential Specialists and he has earned the prestigious CRS designation.  Nate has also earned the Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) designation.  Additionally, Nate is a Certified Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES) and a certified Workforce Housing Specialist (WHS). Through his participation in diversity training, he has achieved the At Home with Diversity, One America certification.


Randall Cole
Housing Programs Supervisor – City of Columbia, MO

Randall Cole

Randy oversees the City’s affordable housing efforts as well as other community and economic development efforts funded by the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Program and local funding. He has overseen expanded efforts in improving energy efficiency and universal design in HUD funded projects and implemented the development of Columbia’s first affordable net-zero energy use home. Randy holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the Truman School of Public Affairs, where he was inducted into the Rollins Society for his volunteer and public service involvement during graduate school. Prior to working for the City, Randy worked for Central Missouri Community Action as the Energy Conservation Coordinator, where he oversaw the Department of Energy’s Low-Income Weatherization Program serving eight counties in mid-Missouri. Randy was responsible for CMCA’s award of the Sustainable Energy Resources for Consumers Grant through the Department of Energy, resulting in the installation of 15 geothermal systems and 27 solar water heaters in Columbia low-income households.


Gary R. Kremer
Executive Director – The State Historical Society of Missouri

Gary R. Kremer

A fifth-generation Missourian, Gary R. Kremer earned his PhD from American University in Washington, DC. Gary has written, coauthored, and coedited 12 books. Previously, Gary taught history at Lincoln University in Jefferson City (1972-1987) and William Woods University in Fulton (1991-2004). He also served as the state archivist of Missouri from 1987 to 1991. He has been State Historical Society of Missouri’s executive director since 2004.


Rigel C. Oliveri
Associate Professor of Law – University of Missouri

Rigel C. Oliveri
Professor Oliveri is a nationally recognized expert on fair housing law. Her scholarship focuses on housing discrimination, residential segregation, zoning and property rights, and sexual harassment. Her published work has appeared in the Stanford Law Review, the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, the Florida Law Review, the Wisconsin Law Review, and the Vanderbilt Law Review, among other journals. She teaches Fair Housing, Employment Discrimination, and Civil Procedure. Rigel joined the University of Missouri School of Law faculty in 2005 and served as the Law School’s Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development from 2009 until 2015.


Eric Krekel                                                                                         
Director of Investigative Operations – Missouri Commission on Human Rights

Eric Krekel
Eric Krekel has been employed with the Missouri Commission on Human Rights (MCHR) for 37 years. He began his career with the MCHR as an investigator in the Kansas City Office and currently serves as Director of Investigative Operations in the Jefferson City Office.  He oversees agency operations statewide, assists in program development, strategic and budget planning and acts as liaison with the Missouri Attorney General’s Office, the U. S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  In addition to providing initial training to the MCHR’s investigators, he provides education, training and outreach to other State agencies and to the public.  Eric received his Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. He earned his Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia.


Elisabeth Risch                                                                                 
Assistant Director at the Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing and Opportunity Council (EHOC)

Elisabeth Risch
Elisabeth Risch is the Assistant Director at the Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing and Opportunity Council (EHOC). In this role, she coordinates the St. Louis Equal Housing and Community Reinvestment Alliance (SLEHCRA), a coalition working to increase investment in low-income communities and in communities of color by ensuring that banks are meeting their obligations under the Community Reinvestment Act and fair lending laws. She is responsible for researching bank performance, analyzing data, commenting on bank exams and applications, negotiating agreements, and writing reports on fair lending and community reinvestment performance. She also conducts research on systemic fair housing issues and oversees EHOC’s fair housing education and outreach. Elisabeth holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Calvin College and Masters in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis. She is a board member of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition.


Contact information:
Rose Wibbenmeyer
Assistant City Counselor
City of Columbia