Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Certification

Leading DEI Certification Program


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DEI Leadership Institute is established to develop and support leaders who have the skills, knowledge, and heart to be effective agents of change for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


Certified Program

To equip leaders to create and implement strategies that improve diversity, equity and inclusion.

Annual DEI Conference

Emerging Thought Leadership and Supportive Community for those doing the work of DEI.

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Compossed of professionals and academics with deep diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) experience.


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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the mission of the DEI Leadership Institute?

DEI Leadership Institute is established to develop and support leaders who have the skills, knowledge, and heart to be effective agents of change for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

What is the mission of the DEI Leadership Institute?

DEI Leadership Institute is established to develop and support leaders who have the skills, knowledge, and heart to be effective agents of change for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

What does the DEI Leadership Institute offer you?

The Institute offers three major programs:

  • DEI Leadership Certification Program addresses the need for leaders who through study, the development of cross-racial relationships and leadership experiences in diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives demonstrate the competencies to be certified as DEI leaders. 
  • DEI Leadership Annual Conference brings leaders who are directly engaged in diversity, equity and inclusion programs and initiatives into a supportive community for sharing of thought leadership and best practices. All too often the challenge may seem overwhelming. The Annual Conference brings the power of community to the work of the diversity, equity and inclusion movement.
  • DEI Executive Leadership Training and Workshops provide a flexible means of delivering elements of the DEI Leadership Certification Program content for specific needs of client organizations. The focus of this training is consistent with the objective of the DEI Leadership Certification Program: the development of leaders.
How does the DEI Certification Program work?

The DEI Leadership Institute™ Master Practitioner Certification Program (DEI Certification Program) is aimed to provide organization leaders with the skills, tools, strategies and experience to effectively lead DEI change initiatives in their organizations.

The DEI Certification Program is designed to be completed within 6-8 weeks. To qualify for certification all course modules must be successfully completed, and your DEI Advisor must determine that the requirements of your DEI Project for Change including Design, Communications, Implementation Planning and Assessment of Results have been met within the 6-8 weeks period.

You will work with a DEI Leadership Institute Advisor as you develop and plan the implementation of your DEI Project for Change and measure and evaluate its results. We are very interested in your successful completion of the certification requirements within the required timeframe. We also see that the establishment and achievement of project deadlines are skills that are necessary for success in leading DEI change initiatives after completion of this Certification Program.

The DEI Certified Program is presented in three levels: Explore, Lead, and Master. Each level will be delivered through three or four learning modules and one module for the practical application of the DEI framework.


Who Should Be Certified?
  • Emerging leaders from any industry who want to help their companies grow in diversity and inclusion.
  • Leaders who want to create vision, mission, and values that drive diversity
  • Executives who want to create a clear cultural shift in their organization by implementing new strategies, policies and procedures.
  • Professionals from any industry with an interest in the field
  • HR Professionals
What are the objectives of the DEI Certification Program?

By Getting Certified You Will Be Able To:

  • Explain the meaning of Diversity, Inclusion and Equity, the differences between them and how they interact within the context of your organization.
  • Examine the most effective Diversity and Inclusion approaches and/or strategies for your organization and how to integrate them into every level of the organization.
  • Examine the most effective strategies to promote Equity in your organization.
  • Assess how unconscious bias and microaggressions may be deterring your organization DEI efforts.
  • Improve cultural competence in your organization.
  • Promote a safe, harassment-free, inclusive workplace.
  • Develop a plan to conduct your organization DEI assessment process.
  • Develop a comprehensive diversity, equity and inclusion plan (DEI strategic plan) for your organization. 
  • Enhance the organizational mechanisms to hold the leadership accountable for the diversity and inclusion efforts
What is your investment?

One-time fee: $650 USD

Your tuition includes:

  • A DEI Leadership Institute™ Advisor throughout the term of the course.
  • Resources and Materials
  • Possible showcase of your DEI Project for Change at the Annual DEI Leadership Conference
  • DEI network opportunities
What will happen once you register for the DEI Certification Program?

You will be contacted by your DEI Leadership Institute™ Advisor and Program administration to get access and begin the program.

What our Leaders are saying…


    The Project for Change helps and forces the learner to be thinking about how they can put the content to use. It aids in accountability when going through the curriculum.

    Abby T.
    Regional Director
    Talent Plus

    Truly an awesome program and I really enjoyed it and I really enjoyed the flow of the DEI Mater Practitioner Certification Program. Each module moved seamlessly to the next. I’m excited to share my experience with friends, family, and colleagues.

    Heather A
    Chief Relationship Officer
    Rising Above

    Having an advisor through the program was very important for me because the guidance of an expert is extremely helpful as you can run into questions about the program or even what to do with all the information you are learning and having clarity from someone who can respond those questions is very helpful. Also, being able to finish the program with a Project for Change ready to launch for your company is such a plus.

    Ana V.
    Marketing Manager
    Fitzsimons Credit Union

    I really liked how the course brings together content in various mediums instead of strictly reading white papers, etc. My advisor was incredible help to me. She guided me through the Project for Change and answered my questions quickly. She also encouraged me and motivated me along the way.

    Leslie C.
    KGS Agency

    I really liked the Project for Change because that was part of the adult-learning model where I was asked to bring what I learned into my own life and work and reflect on it. I would say going through that exercise was the most beneficial part of the course.

    What I liked the most about this certification program was the inner reflection it caused, and the awareness to a business environment!

    Karla H.
    Mintel Consulting

    The advisor component made the DEI Certification Program standout from other opportunities. I think this component creates more accountability, and a collaborative environment vs. “just an online course”.

    Abigail A.
    Technical Assistance Consultant
    American Institutes for Research (AIR)

    I would have to say that it was the insight. Even when you think you know, there’s more to know. In the case of DEI Certification Program, I had layers removed from my eyes I did not know were there.

    Mikell S
    Founder – Director

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