DEI Certificate Program

Diversity Education Units

Designed for A/E/C professionals to cultivate and sustain effective DEI strategies that promote business growth, recruitment, and retention.

The DEI Certificate program will provide participants with the knowledge and skills needed to develop, implement, and sustain effective DEI strategies and policies. Although research has shown that diverse and inclusive workplaces lead to better business outcomes, many A/E/C professionals do not have a blueprint to successfully activate an internal DEI program within their firm. By developing a DEI Certificate program customized for the A/E/C industry, SMPS will offer members the tools and roadmap to create a more inclusive and welcoming workplace.

To promote lifelong learning, SMPS will also require DEI certificate holders to earn DEUs, which are continuing education units specifically focused on diversity. This ongoing education allows participants to have access to resources that help them navigate the everchanging environment of workplace diversity. This certificate program aligns with our strategic priority to cultivate professionals with diverse expertise.


Self-Paced Virtual Program


Member: $499
Non-member: $699

Groups of 5 or more will be charged $399 and to contact for group discounts.


DEI Certificate program covers a wide range of topics, including bias and stereotypes, cultural competency, inclusive language, empathy, and other DEI-related topics that are relevant to the A/E/C industry. Our experienced facilitators will guide participants through an interactive and engaging curriculum that includes lectures, case studies, resources, discussion boards, and other hands-on.

DEI Certificate Program Modules

  • The Business of Diversity
    • Why Diversity is Good for Business
    • DEI 101: The Basics
  • Overcoming Unconscious Bias to Foster an Inclusive Workplace
    • Check your Privilege Checklist
    • Books/Articles/Resources (ex: Dear White Friend)
  • Inclusive Leadership
    • Empathy
    • Leveraging the Benefits of Diversity
    • Recruitment + Retention
    • Leading High Performing Teams
  • Building a DEI Program for Your Firm
    • DEI Assessment – Auditing Your Firm’s Workplace
    • Career Paths


Members will have the opportunity to engage with other A/E/C professionals refining their DEI programs. Since this DEI program is the only of its kind in A/E/C, we will invite all alliance partners’ members to participate.
  • Networking Opportunities
    • Cohort Networking within Learning Platform
    • Hosted events at SMPS Regional Conferences
    • Virtual Meetups quarterly
    • Private LinkedIn Group
  • DEI Mentoring
  • Engage Alliance Partners (AIA/ACEC/ AGC/SAME/ElevateHER)
    • Promote program as the elite DEI Certification Program for the A/E/C industry


Upon completion, members will be expected to participate in ongoing trainings to receive DEUs to maintain their DEI Certificate.

  • DEI Specific Programming
    • Women + AEC, Amplify A|E|C, DEI + A/E/C Townhalls
    • Marketer Articles about DEI
    • AEC Industry supported content on DEI


This certification program is developed for individuals, however, if one firm seeks to certify 3 or more professionals, they will receive a DEI Certificate for their firm.

Program Facilitators


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T. Tara Turk-Haynes

T. Tara Turk-Haynes is a passionate advocate and operator for workplaces that are inclusive, equitable and foster belonging for diverse communities. She is the Founder of Equity Activations – a company committed to helping small and midsize companies embed DEIB practices into their day to day operations for impactful results. In her role at Leaf Group, she spearheaded the company’s DEI journey, introducing customized effective programs and resources for individual and group learning. In addition to leading DEI Champion committees, ERGs, and creating DEI auditing processes, she expanded global awareness of issues affecting underrepresented communities across the company’s digital media and marketplace brands. T. Tara also chaired Graham Holdings Company’s DEI Council and has been recognized as a trusted leader offering results driven consulting, creative approaches to challenges, and leadership coaching. She has made significant contributions through virtual events, panel discussions, and featured appearances at prominent conferences and publications.

Kat Kibben

Kat Kibben is an award-winning writer and renowned keynote speaker known for helping hiring teams write inclusive, unbiased job postings that help them hire the right person faster. 

Before founding Three Ears Media, Kat was a CMO, Technical Copywriter, and Managing Editor for leading companies like,, and Randstad Worldwide. Today, they are frequently featured as an HR and recruiting expert in publications like The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and Forbes. 

Kat travels the country in their RV while dividing ti

Dani Herrera

Dani is a bilingual, certified, award-winning DEI and Talent Professional with 17 years of global experience in Talent Operations, DEI, and Leadership.

Among many other things, Dani is a Talent and DEI Consultant, Trainer, and Speaker. She’s also the Awareness & Advocacy Founding Partner at Allies in Recruiting, a volunteer DEI Expert for the NASA IDEA Practitioners Database, a Career Mentor, and a Content creator.

Dani is radically and unapologetically committed to helping organizations analyze and deconstruct biased and inequitable systems. She works (very!) intentionally to nurture cultures that attract and retain talent from historically excluded communities, design processes that minimize biases, and build strategies and systems that foster inclusion, equity, and belonging. She’s also a fierce advocate for the Latine and Immigrant Communities in the United States. 

Dani’s had the privilege of speaking at local and international events, including SXSW, Disrupt HR, Hacking HR, and Manifest Equity. Her POV has been featured in Forbes, Business Insider, Inc. Magazine, the BBC, and Refinery 29, among many others!

Amy Waninger

Amy C. Waninger is the Founder & CEO of Lead at Any Level, where she improves employee engagement and retention for companies that promote from within. Amy offers assessments, advisory services, and professional development programs on essential skills for inclusive leaders. She is the author of eight books, including Network Beyond Bias: Making Diversity a Competitive Advantage for Your Career.

Amy has been named a Top 100 HR Influencer globally, five years in a row, and has served clients and audiences on all seven continents, including Antarctica! She has been quoted in newspapers from Baltimore to Singapore and featured in magazines from Johannesburg to Bangalore.

Amy is a Certified Diversity Professional (CDP), Certified Diversity Executive (CDE), and Gallup Certified Strengths Coach. She is also a Member of National Speakers Association, a Certified Virtual Presenter, and a Prosci Certified Change Practitioner. Her other credentials include two degrees from Indiana University and a “World’s Best Mom” coffee mug.