Professional Development Academy

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Andres and Alexander are proud to share what they learned during the Professional Development Academy at the culminating Showcase event!
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FBI Special Agent/Recruiter Cymbaluk speaks to the Professional Development Academy and shares her expertise in the field
The Professional Development Academy (PDA) is a program designed to help you develop knowledge and skills for career readiness and success. The Academy will offer you the opportunity to explore critical professional competencies identified by employers

PDA Conference

While reimagining the future of the Professional Development Academy, a group of peer leaders who participated in the program transformed the Academy experience into a half-day conference. The 7-week Diversity & Inclusion Professional Development Academy (DIPDA) curriculum was consolidated into a one-day initiative in the Spring 2021 semester, which addressed self-exploration, personal branding, communication, and a sense of belonging in the professional landscape. This program offered participants the opportunity to explore critical professional competencies identified by employers. 

The PDA conference is now an annual event offered in the Spring.

Date, Time & Location: TBD in the Fall 2021 semester for the Spring 2022 PDA Conference


  • Interactive workshops
  • A panel of dynamic and diverse professionals who are eager to share their personal experiences with UM students
  • A networking mixer

Program Benefits:

As a participant, you will receive the following:

  • Certificate of completion
  • Networking opportunities with professionals across different industries and backgrounds
  • Supplemental conference package


Open to all undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in dominating the job market and learning about how to navigate identities in the workplace.  UM Students from all majors, school years, and identities are welcome.

Registration Instructions:

Stay tuned for registration instructions for the Spring 2022 PDA conference. 

For more information or questions, contact Ismaris Ocasio at or Keashla Marengo at


Program Curriculum:

Communication Proficiency

Share thoughts and ideas in an effective manner. Communication proficiency explores both written and verbal capacities. Additionally, this area explores the digital realm of electronic communications.

Thinking & Reasoning Proficiency

The ability to analyze, synthesize and apply gathered information to solve problems and make decisions. This proficiency is developed both in and outside of the classroom. Additionally, the ability to apply ethical decision-making is critical in the workplace.

Workplace Professionalism Proficiency

Prepares students with the basic needs to enter a global workforce. The workplace professional proficiency reviews entry-level business knowledge, personal brand, and culture in the workplace. This proficiency also empowers individuals to see, shape, and benefit from their professional identities.