NADOHE to Host Inaugural Standards of Professional Practice Institute for CDOs

The National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE) will host its inaugural Standards of Professional Practice Institute June 14-17, 2017, at the State University of New York (SUNY) Global Center to educate higher education diversity leaders about NADOHE’s Standards of Professional Practice for Chief Diversity Officers.

Originally released in 2014, the standards provide comprehensive guidelines to inform the current and future work of chief diversity officers (CDOs) and other diversity leaders on college and university campuses across the U.S.

“The standards are a tool to facilitate the advancement of significant and effective change on college and university campuses by emphasizing the CDO role as an organizational change agent for equity, diversity, and inclusion,” says Debbie M. Seeberger, NADOHE professional development committee chair.

Modeled after other successful professional development programs in higher education, the Standards of Professional Practice Institute will examine each standard in depth to ensure participants are proficient. Each session will be led by a faculty member who has served as either a CDO or a senior administrator at a college or university.

“This institute will be the gold standard in the training and certification [of] all senior-level diversity professionals across higher education,” says NADOHE President Archie W. Ervin, PhD. “The faculty for the institute will include nationally renowned researchers and practitioners who will engage and challenge participants to refine their professional competencies as leaders in higher education diversity and inclusion.”

NADOHE serves as the preeminent voice for diversity officers in higher education as it works to lead colleges and universities toward inclusive excellence. “As diversity and inclusion professionals,” Ervin says, “we are uniquely positioned by our collective expertise and knowledge of best and effective practices to offer guidance and solutions that will move our college campuses and society toward becoming more equitable and inclusive communities.”

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