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The Art & Science of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI)
Designed by and for DEI professionals (whether you have the title or not)

A 6-week intensive program to deepen your foundational knowledge, provide access to best practice tools, and cultivate the community support critical to sustaining any DEI professional's impactful work.

Currently accepting applications for Summer Enrollment

Application Deadline: July 21, 2022

Currently accepting applications

Limited space available

Next start date: Thursday, July 28th 2022 

Investment : $1400.00 (payment plans available)

There has never been a time like now...


In January 2020, a popular headline came out, it said: "Chief Diversity Officers: The hottest & toughest job in business"

This was a clear sign that the industry of DEI is changing quickly, and DEI leaders are claiming their seats at the executive table. However, little attention is paid to the mentorship, coaching, and development of DEI talent.   

These gifted leaders are expected to take full accountability for assessing, implementing, and sustaining change in organizations whose culture has been steeped in tradition for decades. 

I know this experience first-hand. Almost 20 years ago, I accepted my first DEI role. While it was exciting, it was also very lonely and scary.  It forced me to dig deep and find my true north to remain not only resilient but confident and innovative.

Throughout those early years, I made the discovery that DEI work was not a career, it was a calling. Since then, I’ve had the fortune of leading organizational transformations within educational institutions, non-profits, government agencies and corporate organizations.  

Despite this success, I always yearned for a community of like-minded professionals who could be my sounding board, where I could learn and grow. I wanted a mentor, a strategic partner, and a coach, but that didn’t exist, so I designed the Art & Science of DEI because I wanted to share my knowledge and experience as a diversity practitioner, consultant, and coach.   

Through this course, I aim to provide an anchor of healing, education, and inspiration in order to ignite potential and cultivate genius. Simply put, Diversity is an Art and a Science and I can teach you both. 

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Cecilia Stanton Adams
CEO & Diversity Practitioner
The Diversity Institute

About the program:

As a DEI leader or champion, you long to do meaningful work but need to increase your knowledge, confidence, and resilience in the field. The Art & Science of DEI offers exactly that!           

Week 1
Career Outlook in the DEI Industry

Explore the history of DEI in the workplace and its evolution as an industry. Learn to identify the core DEI competencies employers seek and create a sustainable career path.

Week 4
Race, Class, Gender & Intersectionality

Deconstruct the practice of counting people and deepen your understanding of history's role in who gets counted and who counts.

Week 2
DEI Approaches & Impact

Understand the different frameworks you can use to focus your DEI initiatives and learn to discern the types of organizations that would be the best fit for you.

Week 5
Tools of the Trade for DEI practitioners

Every DEI practitioner needs tools to do the work at hand. In this session, we will work collaboratively and design a digital DEI toolkit with best practice assessments, strategies, and resources to set you up for success.

Week 3
Group Coaching & Problem-Solving

In the group coaching model, students will take turns getting coached on current issues. The focus will be on creating solutions through a process of self-discovery.

Week 6
Preparing for the Future of DEI

Putting what you learned into practice in preparation to make systemic change within our world. On this day we will also celebrate your wins and get clear on your why.

Leading change in organizations is an                  Art & a Science

Whether you are in a DEI role or aspire to be, your role in transforming your organization's mindset can seem insurmountable…If these challenges have been on your mind, this program is for YOU!

This series is perfect for you if:


You're a working professional hoping to gain knowledge, skills, and practical techniques to take your DEI career to the next level.

You were recently promoted to a DEI role and are looking for a roadmap and a toolbox to help you on your journey.

You're a DEI professional and feel confident in your abilities but lack community support and actionable strategies to ensure sustainability in your work.

What you'll get:

The program combines an online learning platform, live Zoom sessions, group coaching, and comprehensive course materials to empower your emotional and professional journey.

Fun & Interactive Learning

Four (6) live Zoom sessions designed to deepen your understanding of race, racism, and internalized bias. 

Collaborative Instruction

Group coaching, guest DEI professionals, peer-to-peer working groups, and networking opportunities

Online Platform

Access to a cohort-only discussion forum and an online platform filled with experiential exercises, worksheets, and more

Future Discounts

One year of access to all course materials and a 10% discount to future Stanton Adams and The Diversity Institute courses

Recommended Resources

A curated and customized list of educational materials, including case studies, interviews, and inspirational stories

Certificate of Completion

A certificate of completion to fill gaps in your resume and help in the advancement of your career

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Meet your facilitator

Cecilia Stanton Adams

CEO & Diversity Practictioner

Hi! I'm Cecilia Stanton Adams. I've made it my life mission to cultivate equitable, compassionate, and inclusive workplaces. With two decades of experience leading organizational transformation, I understand the unique challenges diversity practitioners face, and I can teach you the strategies that work and warn you against those that won't.


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Space is limited.
**Applications are now being accepted for our July, 28 start. Class meets virtually every Thursday from 9am-11am CST


Only 20 game-changing leaders will be offered admission. 



Cost: $1400.00


What's next:

1. Fill out the application. It only takes a few minutes and will give us information on how this course would be of benefit to you.

2. You will receive a decision via email within 48 hours.


-If you are not accepted, one of our faculty can meet with you to discuss how to prepare to apply in the future. 

-If you are accepted you will receive your tuition invoice. To secure your seat you will have 48 hours to determine your payment method.

3. You will have the option to pay in full via cash, check, credit card, or purchase order if your organization is covering your tuition.


4. If you prefer a payment arrangement we offer  the option to make a down payment of $250 with the balance being paid in 3  monthly installments.



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