The National Diversity Council’s DiversityFIRST™ Certification Program will hold its second session on October 30 to November 3 at the University of Phoenix-Gardena Learning Center. The purpose of the program is to prepare participants to create and lead highly successful diversity and inclusion strategies for organizational excellence.

“I am happy to see the growth of the DiversityFIRST™ Certification Program in California,” said Dennis Kennedy, founder and chairman of the National Diversity Council. “Each year, we make improvements to the program and ensure our graduates have the tools and knowledge to positively impact diversity and inclusion in their organizations.”

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).

“We are pleased to partner with the National Diversity Council and host the DiversityFIRST™ Certification Program at our Gardena location,” said Julie Fink, vice president of human resources and chairperson of the University’s Diversity and Inclusion Council at the University of Phoenix. “Our mission of providing educational opportunities for students to develop skills and improve the performance of their organizations aligns with the goals of the certification program. We welcome leaders from around the state of California and beyond to discuss key points and issues about diversity.”

To register for the Gardena DiversityFIRST™ Certification Program, please visit

For additional information and questions, please contact Cecilia Orellana-Rojas at [email protected] or Dejoron Campbell at [email protected].


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