Certified Diversity Professional (CDP)™ Classroom Prep Course Offered at Hodges University

Hodges University News

Chief diversity 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 Hodges University.

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, FL 33966.

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 credential:

  • 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 Candidate Project

“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,” Williams explained.

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.

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