Becker Offers New Diversity and Inclusion Certificate
CHICAGO – July 12, 2021 – Becker, a global leader in accounting exam prep and professional education and a part of Adtalem Global Education, today announced its new Cultivating a Diverse and Inclusive Workplace Foundational Certificate. The five-course, 12-credit continuing professional education (CPE) program is designed to introduce the benefits of integrating true diversity, equity, belonging and inclusion (DEBI) into the workplace.
Those who enroll in the courses will learn foundational and conversation-starting concepts from thought leaders in diversity who have practical, real-world accounting, finance and corporate human resources (HR) experience. With these lessons, professionals will work toward closing a staggering diversity gap in the accounting profession: According to a recent report by the AICPA, 91% of partners at US CPA firms are white; this is just one of several statistics revealing profound underrepresentation. While developed with an accounting and finance industry perspective, the courses are open and relevant to anyone, including organizations or firms of any size or sector.
“Developing a diverse and inclusive work environment in which all people can thrive requires an investment in knowledge and a shared and intentional commitment within an organization,” said Lisa Wardell, CEO of Adtalem Global Education, a leading workforce solutions provider and parent company of Becker. “Becker is investing in the future of accounting, and society at large, by prioritizing these issues and taking a proactive role in helping to bring more diversity in talent, ideas and culture to the workforce.”
Participants of the certificate program will earn CPE credit with each course and a Becker certificate upon completion of all five. Courses included in the program are:
Strengthening Your Workforce Through Diversity
Understanding Our Unconscious Bias
Unintended Effects of Microaggressions in the Corporate Setting
The Effects of Imposter Syndrome on Corporate Diversity
Creating a Culture of Inclusion
“This initiative was inspired by interest from members of the accounting profession who understand the value of strengthening a culture of inclusivity that supports employee satisfaction and retention as well as customer engagement,” said Nikki Watson, senior manager of global accounts for Becker, and a leader of its DEBI initiatives. “This certificate program and the courses within it reflect the insights and expertise of many, including customers, HR leaders, and industry subject matter experts. It reflects a recognition that everyone must have a voice in and accountability for creating intentional, meaningful change.”
The courses are available in a self-paced, on-demand format and are viewable 24/7. For more information and to register for the certificate program, visit www.becker.com/diversity.
About Becker Professional Education
Accountants around the world count on Becker for the industry-leading tools and support they need to excel. And it all comes down to one thing: results. Results rooted in a tireless commitment to the success of our students. Crafting personalized learning experiences. Unleashing cutting-edge technologies. Relentlessly advocating for the industry as a whole. And simply doing whatever it takes. For all these reasons and more, more than 1 million CPA candidates have chosen Becker.
Becker provides CPA Exam Review, CMA Exam Review and CPE with expert instructors, high-quality content, flexible learning formats including on-demand resources and webcasts. Learn more about Becker Professional Education, part of Adtalem Global Education, at www.becker.com.
About Adtalem Global Education
The purpose of Adtalem Global Education is to empower students to achieve their goals, find success and make inspiring contributions to our global community. Adtalem Global Education Inc. (NYSE: ATGE; member S&P MidCap 400 Index) is a leading global education provider, and the parent organization of American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists, Becker Professional Education, Chamberlain University, Ross University School of Medicine and Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. For more information, please visit adtalem.com.