In 2020, in response to the pandemic, students in UB's MSRED program launched UB's first student organization in real estate to support networking, engagement with the professional community, and student leadership development.
The student-run UB Real Estate Club (UBREC) targets students in UB's MS in Real Estate Development program but is open to any student at UB with a passion for real estate. It seeks to help students form connections with other club members and with professionals in the real estate industry as well as create opportunities for students to dive deeper into topics of interest.
The student club works closely with the MSRED program's faculty members and an external Advisory Committee of local real estate professionals to cultivate outreach and professional development opportunities. Events include site visits, educational lectures from industry leaders, and networking events with WNY professionals in real estate.
According to Enrico D'Abate, 2021-22 president of the UBREC: "The main focus of the UBREC is generating connectivity. We plan to introduce you to real estate professionals working in a variety of disciplines, as well as explore the tools that are utilized in the field. Most importantly, we want to connect you with each other."