AAAED Professional Development & Training Institute (PDTI):


PDTI’s New Professionals Academy (NPA) is designed for new EEO/AA and diversity professionals with 1-3 years of experience in the field who wish to expand their career development. The New Professionals Academy is an interactive program that will allow new professionals to:

1) Draw on their first years of experience to further develop skills.

2) Learn from distinguished professionals to improve their industry knowledge and technical skills.

3) Share best practices, work and network with other new professionals and colleagues. 


  • Fundamentals of EEO/Affirmative Action/Case Analysis
  • Building the Business for Diversity, Equity & Diversity
  • Conducting Investigations/Case Analysis
  • Handling Difficult Conversations; Conflict Resolution 
  • Sexual Harassment/Harassment & Retaliation Prevention Education
  • AAP (Affirmative Action Planning) 101
  • Career Planning/Professional Development 


Participants are expected to attend an 2 hour online class (live) twice a week over the course of four weeks (this totals to 16 hours). Participants are also expected to complete assigned coursework, assessments given at the end of each class, and an end of term Project Paper. We also highly encourage participants to attend AAAED's Annual Conference where they will be able to interact with experienced equal opportunity professionals and other colleagues (More details on this year's conference will be provided during class). 


The NPA application process requires participants to be endorsed by the organization they work/volunteer for and a $900 enrollment fee, if accepted (AAAED Members receive discount). Applicants must submit the New Professionals Academy Form, a resume, and a letter of support from their supervisor to be considered. If you are unable to meet the letter of support requirement, contact PDTI Chair, Wanda Malden, for additional guidance at:

Deadline: NPA Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. 



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