CAEL, a nonprofit organization that helps adult learners navigate on- and off-ramps between education and employment, has received Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Workplace™ Certification from Diversity for Social Impact, a strategic professional and organization development company dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusion to drive social impact worldwide. The Diversity Equity Inclusion Workplace™ Certification assesses organizations against a set of rigorous standards and signifies that recipients have created and sustained a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace culture. CAEL, along with its partner nonprofit organizations that comprise Strada Collaborative, received the certification via the Strada Education Foundation.
The certification’s audit process applies expertise in psychology, organizational development, and social justice to assess quantitative diversity and inclusion data as well the results from an independent survey of employee DEI perceptions and experiences. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Workplace™-certified organizations achieve a benchmark score that surpasses at least 70% of audited peers.
“CAEL was founded nearly 50 years ago on the then-revolutionary principle that the lived experiences of adult learners should be validated in the classroom and the workplace,” said Earl Buford, CAEL president. “Today, our national consciousness continues to become more attuned to matters of diversity, equity, and inclusion, creating new opportunities and challenging us to be better as a society. We welcome the new ways these issues intersect with CAEL’s commitment to ensuring that every adult can navigate lifelong learning and career pathways that fuel economic mobility and community prosperity.”
About CAEL Recognizing that adult learners are the backbone of the U.S. economy, CAEL helps forge a clear, viable connection between education and career success, providing solutions that promote sustainable and equitable economic growth. CAEL opens doors to opportunity in collaboration with workforce and economic developers; postsecondary educators; employers and industry groups; and foundations and other mission-aligned organizations. By engaging with these stakeholders, we foster a culture of innovative, lifelong learning that helps individuals and their communities thrive. A membership organization established in 1974, CAEL is a part of Strada Collaborative, a mission-driven nonprofit. Learn more at cael.org and stradacollaborative.org.
About Diversity for Social Impact The Diversity Equity Inclusion Workplace™ Certification is issued by Diversity for Social Impact, a strategic professional and organization development organization dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusion to drive social impact worldwide. Diversity Equity Inclusion Workplace Certification recognizes organizations that meet a rigorous set of standards that reflect a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace culture. The certification process applies psychology, organizational development, and social justice methodologies to assess quantitative diversity and inclusion data. It also captures the voice of workers through independent surveys of employees’ DEI perceptions and experiences. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Workplace-certified organizations achieve a benchmark score that surpasses at least 70 percent of audited peers.