Certified Diversity Professional (CDP)™ Classroom Prep Course Offered at Hodges University
officers and individuals working in the field of diversity and inclusion are
invited to participate in a three-day Certified Diversity Professional (CDP)™
classroom prep course hosted by Gail B. Williams, chief diversity officer at
The three-day prep
course will be held July 19-21 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Hodges
University’s Fort Myers campus, in the Center for Diversity, Inclusion and
Cultural Competency, which is located at 4501 Colonial Boulevard, Fort Myers,
According to the
Institute for Diversity Certification (IDC), the CDP track allows participants
“to demonstrate competence and increase their credibility in the field of
equity, diversity and inclusion.”
Some of the topics
areas participants will learn about include handling difficult conversations,
diversity recruiting and retention, disability and special needs
accommodations, and measuring the impact of diversity and inclusion.
“It is vital for chief
diversity officers as well as individuals working in that capacity or in the
field of diversity and inclusion to stay up to date on current trends and laws.
We must understand the complexity of the field and be prepared to overcome
overwhelming objections and obstacles,” said Williams.
The IDC designates the
following requirements for the CDP
- At least two
years of work experience in the field of diversity or human resource management
- A passing score
of at least 80 percent on the CDP exam
- Completion of a
“There is much work to
be done in the field of diversity and inclusion, and there is an urgency to
have qualified and certified diversity professionals and certified diversity
executives to fulfill this need. I am hosting the Certified Diversity
Professional Workshop for the Society for Diversity to help address this need,”
The cost to attend is $3,699.
Current Society for Diversity members, or those who wish to become members, may
receive a 20 percent discount when enrolling. If three or more participants from
the same organization register for the program, a 30 percent discount will
applied at registration. Participants must register online at http://conta.cc/2kLzH03 by July 14.
About the Office of Diversity and Inclusion:
Hodges University’s Office of
Diversity and Inclusion is dedicated to increasing diversity and promoting
cultural competency among its students, faculty, staff and administration
through education and activities. It builds bridges to the larger community by
serving as the catalyst for social change and transformation as it relates to
diversity and inclusion.