Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access, & Liberation (IDEAL) Certificate | 3/10 & 3/11, Online
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March 10 - March 11, 2021



CEN's IDEAL Certificate Program for Nonprofit Professionals

IDEAL - Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access, & Liberation


In response to COVID-19, CEN has moved all of our programs online, offering virtual training opportunities that merge fundamental leading practices with crisis management resources and opportunities for peer-to-peer connections and support. Additionally, we're offering special discounts and payment plans to make these offerings increasingly accessible during this challenging time so please reach out to information@cen.org for accommodations.



About the Program

As the world around us demands changes and shifts that ensure equity and inclusion, it can be difficult for nonprofits and nonprofit leaders to know where to begin.  This 2-day certificate program is a genuine, candid space to explore the principles of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access, and Liberation (IDEAL) and the effect of these principles on the community you serve and the organization as a whole.  The sessions are intended to provide a respectful, nonjudgmental space and opportunity for growth and thought-partnership.  It will require vulnerability and promises safe exploration of concepts and ultimately the beginnings of an action plan.

How we define IDEAL principles...

Inclusion: CEN believes it is a universal human right.  It moves beyond diversity and toward creating an equitable environment, where the richness of ideas, backgrounds, and perspectives are harnessed.  Inclusion is the act of creating space where each person is authentically valued, respected, and supported. 

Diversity: Our different identities such as age, race, ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status, physical/mental ability, sexual orientation, spiritual practice/beliefs, employment status, geographic location, or other characteristics. 

Equity: When a person or group receives the unique opportunities needed to reduce or eliminate barriers, equity is demonstrated.  It is a process that begins by acknowledging an unequal starting place and works to correct and address imbalance.  Equity ensure that people have the opportunity to grow, contribute, and develop, regardless of their identity. 

Access: Also referred to as accessibility, this refers to the equitable right, engagement, or entry for everyone, regardless of human ability and experience.  For organizations, it refers to how they encompass and celebrate characteristics and talents that each individual brings.  It is about representation for all. 

Liberation: The gaining of equal rights or full social or economic opportunities for a particular group, including the protection from abuse or exploitation.  It is ultimately freedom from oppression, allowing one to be their whole self.   


Intended Audience

Nonprofit executives, board members, senior staff, and emerging leaders.  We also encourage volunteers to attend though please contact CEN to discuss further. 


Registration Information

CEN has been working diligently to offer paralleled course content and, in order to deliver the highest quality courses, we are breaking our online training into segmented parts. 

Dates: March 10 & 11, 2021

Times: 9:00AM - 12:00PM | 1:00PM - 4:00PM (Daily)

LocationOnline Course (via Zoom)

Cost: $300 Non-Members | $150 CEN Members (50% discount) 

Instructors: Colsaria Henderson, Illyasha Peete, Shana Peete, & Jenn Torai




Please note: Contact information for each registrant will be shared with the full class to promote connections among the cohort. If you would prefer that your information not be shared, please email information@cen.org about your preferences after completing your registration.

CEN Events Cancellation Policy: CEN will accommodate cancellations up to three business days prior to the start of any event.  A registered attendee who has been billed or invoiced but is a “No Show” on the day of the event will still be billed for the event. There are no exceptions to this policy, but substitutions are permitted at any time as long as the attendee is from the same organization.  Approved refunds – requested before the 3 business day cutoff – will be issued through the original form of payment.  Thank you!

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