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In response to demand by our many national and state partners, and based upon the overwhelming success of the inaugural CDP program, the National Diversity Council is pleased to offer the 2017 DiversityFIRST™ Certification Program in Texas, California, Ohio, New Jersey and Florida.

The DiversityFIRST™ Certification Program prepares qualified professionals to create and implement highly successful D&I strategies for organizational excellence and a competitive edge in today’s global marketplace. The program blends theory and practice during a 5-day intensive curriculum and on-going professional development within the graduate network.

Graduates of the program are recognized as a NDCCDP (National Diversity Council Certified Diversity Professional).

San Antonio, TX — May 22-26, 2017
Gardena, CA — To be determined
Miami, FL — To be determined
Cincinnati, OH — Aug. 7-11, 2017
Newark, NJ — Oct. 9-13, 2017


Cecilia Orellana-Rojas, Ph.D.Cecilia Orellana-Rojas, Ph.D.
VP-Strategy and Research
National Diversity Council
Al SullivanAl Sullivan, CPC, MSOD, SHRM-SCP
President & Owner
Inspirus Consulting Inc.
T.K. FloydT.K. Floyd
National Diversity Council
Armida Mendez RussellArmida Mendez Russell
National Diversity Council


Cecilia Orellana-Rojas, Ph.D.Cecilia Orellana-Rojas, Ph.D.
VP-Strategy and Research
National Diversity Council
Dejoron C. Thorpe, MBA, PHRDejoron C. Thorpe, MBA, PHR, CDP
Research & Development Lead
National Diversity Council

Target Audience

The target audience for the DiversityFIRST™ Certification Program includes professionals working in the D&I field and any other professionals across industries with an interest in the field.


Participants are expected to complete assigned readings and arrive prepared to actively engage in classroom discussions. All participants will be provided password access to the DiversityFIRST™ Toolkit, which is the primary repository of selected articles and readings required, prior to the actual classroom instruction. Successful completion of the program requires mastery of both the pre-assigned readings and the classroom curriculum.

Area of Focus

The DiversityFIRST™ Certification Program includes five diversity domains covering more than 20 modules and the Graduate Network component:

  • The Business Case for Diversity and Inclusion
  • Cultural Competence
  • Measurement and Accountability
  • Inclusive Leadership
  • Best Practices in Diversity and Inclusion
  • Graduate Network Component

Program Evaluation

  • Completion of pre-work
  • Completion of class projects during 5 day classroom study
  • Multiple-choice exam

Program Costs

The DiversityFIRST™ Certification Program is being offered at:

5-day on-site classroom participation (see Curriculum Outline) $5,550
Pre-program readings (from the DiversityFIRST™ Toolkit) included
CDP Examination Fee 450

Total $6,000
Note: National and State partners receive a $1,000 discount


For information on how to register, click here.

For general information and all other questions, please contact Cecilia Orellana-Rojas at cecilia.orellana-rojas@nationaldiversitycouncil.org or Dejoron C. Thorpe at dejoron.thorpe@nationaldiversitycouncil.org.