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Malone University Diversity Executive earns high honors from IDC

July 15, 2014 | Release # 6936

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The Institute for Diversity Certification (IDC), a subsidiary of The Society for Diversity, recently announced that 12 executives and professionals earned diversity and inclusion credentials after passing the June exam. These new designees either earned the Certified Diversity Executive (CDE) credential or the Certified Diversity Professional (CDP) credential by scoring 80% or greater on a proctored online exam in June, and completing a candidate project.

Among those earning the CDE credential was Brenda Stevens, director of multicultural services at Malone University.

According to Stevens, "I was grateful to be able to go through the process and enhance my skills as a professional."

Ed Burns, CDP, registrar for the Institute for Diversity Certification, stated, "This program has a broad appeal because the skills learned from IDC are useful for diversity and inclusion leaders, as well as anyone else who works in a management capacity or on a global team. Our Candidates work really hard, and I am proud to see so many of them earn their credentials."

To prepare for the exam, candidates study on their own, participate in an eight-week online class, or attend a three-day preparation course in the classroom. Many elected to take the online course. "I was very impressed with the framework and structure of the online class," explained Stacye McCall, CDP. "Each of the instructors was knowledgeable, engaging and allowed time for questions and answers, as well as knowledge sharing."

"Like so many in the D&I field, my career started elsewhere and gravitated to an area of need for an employer," said George Braxton, CDE, Esq. "When I realized that I wanted to focus my career in D&I, I also realized that the breadth and depth of the discipline went well beyond talent acquisition and management. After reviewing several certification courses, I determined that the Society for Diversity's CDE certification was ideal for me to pursue."

Roughly 200 candidates have participated in The Institute for Diversity Certification's (IDC) unique diversity and inclusion education program since 2011. Once candidates become designees, they may peer review Candidate Projects or instruct IDC's online preparation courses. This provides candidates with a much broader perspective from which to view diversity and inclusion—by engaging with experts from the corporate, nonprofit, education and government sectors.

"Candidates who obtain credentials will forever reflect their knowledge and expertise in the field of diversity and inclusion to colleagues and managers," believed Burns.


The Institute for Diversity Certification (IDC) was formed for the sole purpose of providing diversity and inclusion (D&I) management preparation courses and materials; administering diversity certification exams; and designating diversity and inclusion credentials to Certified Diversity Professionals (CDP) and Certified Diversity Executives (CDE). Our program is a global framework for recognizing and rewarding high quality, knowledgeable professionals who strive for excellence in the field of Diversity and Inclusion. IDC is a subsidiary of the Society for Diversity, the #1 nationwide professional association for diversity and inclusion with members in 42 states. Find out more about the Institute for Diversity Certification at www.diversitycertification.org.

Malone University, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 academic programs. Malone has been recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, as one of Northeast Ohio’s Top Workplaces by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S.News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2014, has been awarded the designation Military Friendly School by Victory Media, and is named to AffordableCollegesOnline (ACO)’s Best Lifetime Return on Investment list for the State of Ohio.


Suzanne Thomas, APR
Director of University Relations
Malone University
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