Our diversity, inclusion, anti-racism, and equity (DIRE) work at Seawall is a journey and begins by acknowledging our failure to prioritize it in the past, perpetuating systems of inequity. We have always sought to create more accessible, inclusive, and united cities through our work and are committed to confronting our privilege with clear eyes.
We have committed to building a framework of common language and a set of meaningful initiatives that we know will change both our internal culture and external impact by better centering diversity, inclusion, anti-racism, and equity. Below are a set of definitions, statements, and actions that we will revisit annually as a company, with the work being guided by our internal “DIRE Team,” made up of Seawall team members from all departments, backgrounds, and perspectives that are committed to being leaders internally in these areas.
We believe that representation of diverse perspectives, identities, and backgrounds of all types enriches and strengthens our work.
We strive to create an environment both within our company and in the communities we serve where every voice is not only heard, but is welcomed, celebrated, and acted upon.
Our work to become more diverse, inclusive, and equitable both internally and externally is ongoing, and our commitment to anti-racism encompasses our desire to continually learn, examine, and improve our actions and priorities as a company.
We recognize that institutional and personal systems of injustice and racism mean we must work tirelessly to correct and account for inequity in all facets of the work we do, both within our company and in the communities we serve.
At Seawall, we believe that the built environment should empower communities, unite our cities, and help launch powerful ideas. Historically, real estate and development have done more to divide us than actually bring us together. Our work has focused on creating usable, timeless projects that serve communities and cities for decades to come.
Since we got our start in Baltimore in 2007, we’ve always supported and lent advice to other young, first-time developers looking to get their start. Particularly, we recognize that real estate and development are industries that have institutionally blocked opportunities for Black developers, especially in Baltimore. Our Black Developer Support Initiative seeks to help reverse that pattern by working with aspiring developers on project planning, modeling, marketing, property management and connection to capital lending opportunities, and ongoing mentorship.
Black developers, especially those with 0-3 years of real estate/development experience and lack of access to traditional capital and/or industry networks.
Assist developers in all aspects of project planning and execution, including:
We accept applications on a rolling basis, and you can expect to hear from us about the status of your application and any next steps within two weeks of submission.