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2020 - 2021 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force

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Charge

  • The AAA issued a statement (see below) in the aftermath of the George Floyd killing, as did many organizations.  This statement affirms that we must and will become an organization that enhances its efforts to attract, develop and retain a more diverse membership especially as it relates to Black/African-Americans, Latinx/Hispanic-Americans, and Native Americans.  These efforts will provide great benefit to the accounting academy and profession.
  • In order to accomplish these goals, the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Task Force will provide a draft set of recommendations to the Board of Directors and AAA CEO by the March 2021 Board and Council meeting.  These recommendations will include addressing the following items:
  1. How other organizations are developing DEI initiatives that enhance both their organization membership as well as the allied profession.
  2. Whether the AAA should develop a Code of Conduct or similar document for its members.
  3. Whether the AAA should have either or both a professional staff Chief Diversity Officer and a Board of Director member focusing on DEI.
  4. Whether the AAA should modify governance as well as processes and procedures to enhance DEI efforts.
  5. How the AAA can encourage and support DEI research and its dissemination.
  6. How the AAA can communicate to stakeholders its commitment, efforts and accomplishments to improving DEI in the accounting academy and profession.

AAA Statement on Racism and Equity
In the wake of the brutal killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and countless others, we acknowledge the pain and suffering resulting from these events. As leaders of the American Accounting Association, we stand in solidarity with the victims of police brutality, their families, friends, and all those opposed to racism, violence, and inequality.

We acknowledge that these events are not isolated. They are examples of a larger system of social, economic, and academic injustice that marginalizes and dehumanizes individuals based solely on the color of their skin.

We pledge to renew our commitment to affirming collaboration, inclusiveness, trust, and mutual respect to elevate the voices of those who are silenced in our community, and to stand together to encourage and affect change and bring equity to the experience of Black/African-Americans, Latinx/Hispanic-Americans, Native Americans, and all people of color in the academy, the larger profession of accounting, and across our nation and world.

On behalf of the American Accounting Association
Terry Shevlin, President
Elaine Mauldin, President-Elect
Marc Rubin, Past-President
Bob Allen, President-Elect Elect

Membership

  • The Members and the Chair of the Task Force are appointed by the AAA Management Team.

Estimated Time Commitment

  • The Task Force meets as needed at the discretion of the Chair. 

Responsibilities

  • Fulfill the Task Force charter as above.
  • If the Chair has any questions about the charge or responsibilities of this Task Force, s/he should contact the Chief Executive Officer, the President, or the Task Force's Board of Directors Liaison.

Members

Name / Affiliation

Contact

Term Length

Term Expires

Chair
Marc Rubin    
Miami University, Professor Emeritus
AAA Past-President


rubinma@miamioh.edu


1


08/2021

Robert D. Allen
The University of Utah
AAA President-Elect

bob.allen@utah.edu 

1

08/2021

Ken Bouyer
EY Americas Director of Inclusiveness Recruiting

kenneth.bouyer@ey.com

1

08/2021

Ann Dzuranin
Northern  Illinois University
AAA Director–Focusing on Membership

adzuranin@niu.edu

1

08/2021

Norma Montague
Wake Forest University

montagnr@wfu.edu

 1

 08/2021

Blane Ruschak
President, KPMG US Foundation, Inc and the independent PhD Project

blaneruschak@kpmg.com

1

08/2021

Sandra Shelton
DePaul University

sshelton@depaul.edu

1

08/2021

AAA Professional Staff Liaison
Stephanie Austin
AAA Co-Director of Publications/Senior Managing Editor


Stephanie.austin@aaahq.org


1


08/2021

Board of Directors Liaison
Robert D. Allen
The University of Utah
AAA President-Elect


bob.allen@utah.edu

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