The DiversityFIRST™ Certification Program Opens Registration for Class 2016

The National Diversity Council is proud to announce its DiversityFIRST™ Certification Program will be held in three different states in 2016. Due to last year’s positive response from the inaugural graduating cohort, the program will add another session this year in Texas and expand into California and Florida.

The first session will be held August 15 to 19 and hosted by the University of Houston-Downtown’s College of Business. The second session, hosted by the University of Phoenix-Southern California Campus, will be offered October 17 to 21. The last session will be held December 5 to 9 and hosted by The University of Tampa.

“The launch of our certification program last year was an overwhelming success, bringing various business professionals and academics together to share diversity best practices, collaborate in group projects, and discuss the importance of inclusive leadership in the 21st century,” said Dennis Kennedy, founder and chairman of the National Diversity Council. “This year, we plan to build on this success and continue to offer our graduates the tools they need to help their organizations move forward in the D&I space.”

With a highly qualified team of facilitators, the DiversityFIRST™ Certification Program blends theory and practice during a 5-day intensive curriculum focusing on the business case for diversity and inclusion, cultural competence, measurement and accountability, inclusive leadership, and best practices. Ongoing professional development follows through the online DiversityFIRST™ Graduate Network. Graduates of the program are recognized as a National Diversity Council Certified Diversity Professional (NDCCDP).

For more information and to register, please visit

For general information and all other questions, please contact Cecilia Orellana-Rojas at [email protected] or Jim Penny at [email protected]

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