Good ideas may come and go. Great ideas may take some time to brew but they materialize with significance. A concept in the making for several years, the DiversityFIRST™ Certification Program launched in 2015 and graduated its inaugural class of 23 Certified Diversity Professionals (CDPs).
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San Antonio, TX

May 22-26, 2017

Gardena, CA

Oct 30-Nov 3, 2017

Cincinnati, OH

August 7-11, 2017

Orlando, FL

December 4-8, 2017

Newark, NJ

October 9-13, 2017

DiversityFIRST™ Certified Diversity Professionals and counting!

Hear from our Graduates

The program was outstanding! I highly recommend it to D&I professionals who are interested in continuing to enhance their own professional development as well as the D&I program at their respective organization.

Manager, Diversity & Inclusion

This is a phenomenal program, and a potent combination of current best practice and real-world application. I learned a great deal from the facilitators and from my fellow classmates, and I will be able to apply what I learned immediately.

Director, Global Learning & Development

The presentations from industry professionals were well organized and introduced best practices and a strong knowledge base for all participants. Experienced individuals at various levels of hierarchy can benefit from the knowledge, resources and networking available.

Lead Faculty

The program was a powerful training immersion experience that expanded my diversity professional development training repertoire. I am eager to apply it in Pre-K to 16 educational contexts.

Assistant Professor

I was amazed when learning the depth at which D&I infiltrates business culture and the health of an organization. In addition to D&I professionals, business leaders should consider certification.

Assistant Vice President, National Supervision

Outstanding foundational program and a must for all diversity and inclusion professionals.

Assistant Vice Chancellor, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

A unique experience that I highly recommend to any leaders of diversity programs. It combines a comprehensive overview of diversity-related topics with practice advice on application. Moreover, it provides a basis for developing a unique network of like-minded practitioners, a powerful set of resources for the future.

Director, Diversity Initiatives, College of Engineering

The DiversityFIRST™ Certification Program provided me not only with resources to help me do my job but also with a network of new diversity colleagues. I have used the course materials and the DiversityFIRST™ Toolkit multiple times since completing the course.

Manager, Diversity & Inclusion

I came into this program with the expectation that I would learn a lot. Boy was I wrong… I learned so much more about diversity and inclusion that I ever expected. This course re-ignited my commitment to D&I and being an informed professional.

Director, Diversity Programs & Business Development

The overarching content and ability to discuss best practices was the biggest takeaway for myself. I now know that I can assist many more clients in the field of D&I with the learned strategies and best practices.

President/CEO, Marketing & Management

The program and training were both informative and enlightening. The tools and roadmaps were priceless. All pieces came together to help understand how to recommend, develop, and implement strategic D&I programs to the businesses leaders, organization and employees.

Senior Manager, Healthcare

The DiversityFIRST™ Certification Program was an eye opener. It was great to interact with other individuals in the area of diversity, understand best practices, and get assistance on programs. I learned a lot and now am applying it to my role.

HR Manager, Talent Management


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