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Learn more about Native American Heritage Month National Native American Heritage Month


This month, we celebrate National Native American Heritage month. Because Native Americans were in America long before other race/ethnicities, you might be surprised that we have only celebrated Native American Heritage month since 1990. For a quick review of how the Native American Heritage month was recognized, see this short video: The Origins of Native American Heritage Month | NowThis

Spotlight on Native American Heritage Month

Dr. William Rudolf Kinney, Jr.

Dr. William Rudolf Kinney, Jr.

Born August 13, 1942, Dr. Kinney is Professor Emeritus at the University of Texas Austin, renowned researcher and revered educator. In 2018, he was inducted into the Chickasaw Hall of Fame as a champion of diversity in scholarship for his outstanding contributions to the Chickasaw Nation (William R. Kinney, Jr. | Hall of Fame ( Dr. Kinney was inducted in the Accounting Hall of Fame in 2014.

Click Here to experience "a four-part PBS series that challenges everything we thought we knew about the Americas before and since contact with Europe… The series reveals some of the most advanced cultures in human history and the Native American people who created it and whose legacy continues, unbroken, to this day."

Academic Research and Literature

Dreaming In Indian: Contemporary American Voices

2014, Annick Press, By Lisa Charleyboy (Editor). A powerful and visually stunning anthology from some of the most groundbreaking Native artists working in North America today.

Enabling, enacting and maintaining action at a distance: An historical case study of the role of accounts in the reduction of the Navajo herds. Alistair M. Preston, 2006 (Accounting, Organizations and Society 31 (6): 559-578.)

The study examines how, in the 1930s, accounts created by agents in Washington, DC had disastrous consequences for the Navajo thousands of miles away in the Southwest. These accounts contended that the land was overgrazed, and were used to justify the killing of Navajo livestock despite contemporaneous starvation on the tribal lands. The paper provides an example of the dire human consequences that can result from purportedly neutral accounting techniques.

Reconciling conflict: The role of accounting in the American Indian Trust Fund debacle. Leslie S. Oakes and Joni J. Young, 2010 (Critical Perspectives on Accounting 21 (1): 63-75.)

In 1887, the US Congress split American Indian Tribal lands into allotments, controlled by trust funds. Over a century later, the funds were dogged by allegations of mismanagement and worse, and after a 10-year attempt to reconcile the funds, the Department of the Interior defended its trustee role and narrow definition of “historical” accounting, arguing that this was acceptable in light of the high cost of a more complete accounting approach. This paper explores how framing accounting definitions and process can be a powerful tool to control allocations and political advantage, either deepening or resolving centuries long conflicts.

"Incorporating" American Colonialism: Accounting and the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. Steven W. Thornburg and Robin W. Roberts. 2012 (Behavioral Research in Accounting 24 (1): 203-214.)

The authors analyze how the creation of corporations, with Alaska natives as shareholders, that was perceived as an improvement over the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs, ultimately contributed to poverty and conflict among Alaska native tribes.

Academic Research and Literature

The Whiteness of Wealth by Dorothy A. Brown

Combining extensive quantitative data with the history of tax legislation, Dorothy demonstrates the disproportionate financial effects of the marriage penalty (because Black families are much more likely to comprise equal-earning spouses), the deduction of mortgage interest (due to housing discrimination and discriminatory valuation of homes in Black neighborhoods), the tax treatment of higher education (addressing the absence of gift tax for tuition payments and the varying treatment of student-loan interest over time), and other examples. Each topic is vividly illustrated through stories from her own family as well as several interviewees.

The Role of Racial Microaggressions, Stress, and Acculturation in Understanding Latino Health Outcomes in the USA” K. F. Anderson and J. K. Finch. 2017.

Based on surveys of almost 1500 English-preference or Spanish-preference Latinos in seven states the authors report only English-preference Latinos experience higher physical stress from racial microaggressions. The authors attribute this finding to greater awareness of the US racial schema, a downside to acculturation seldom recognized in the literature.

The Relation Between Mexican American Cultural Values and Resilience Among Mexican American College Students: A Mixed Methods Study M. L. M. Consoli and J. D. Llamas. 2013.

Based on quantitative and qualitative surveys of 124 self-identified Mexican/Mexican American college students the authors report that both methods suggest strong family values contributes to student resilience and overcoming adversity. Thus, the authors highlight the importance of cultural values for providing strength to persist in the face of challenges.

CPA Credential Perceptions: A Case Study of Hispanic Accountants H. G. Gabre, D. L. Flesher, and F. Ross. 2017

Based on a survey of 196 CPA and non-CPA Hispanic accountants, the authors report high perceived value of the CPA certificate, but that fewer female Hispanic accountants pursue the CPA. The authors encourage higher education, national accounting organizations, and employers to provide information on, and incentives for taking, the CPA exam.

My Beloved World. 2013 Random House. Sonia Sotomayor

The first Latinx (Puerto Rican) and third woman appointed to the US Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor writes a “searching and emotionally intimate memoir” (New York Times). Just one quote from the preface; “I will be judged as a human being by what readers find here. There are hazards to openness, but they seem minor compared with the possibility that some readers may find comfort, perhaps even inspiration, from a close examination of how an ordinary person, with strengths and weaknesses like anyone else, has managed an extraordinary journey.”


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Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA) began as the Association of Hispanic CPAs in 1972. Founded by Gilbert Vasquez

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities ( this is the unique perspective we bring through the intersectionality of our identities across underrepresented groups.


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Spotlight on Hispanic Heritage Month

Harvey Milk

Sonia Sotamayor

Sonia Maria Sotomayor, born June 25, 1954 is an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. She was nominated by President Barack Obama on May 26, 2009 and has served since August 8, 2009. She is the third woman to hold the position. Sotomayor is the first woman of color, first Hispanic, and first Latina member of the Court (Source: Wikipedia)

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Click here to experience the PBS landmark series, LATINO AMERICANS, a six-hour documentary featuring interviews with nearly 100 Latinos and more than 500 years of History.

LGBTQIAP+ Pride Month Resources


Transgender Day of Remembrance

Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an annual observance on November 20 that honors the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.

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An Introduction to LGBTQ+ Inclusiveness and Allyship, provided by the Diversity Movement

This hour-long webinar from May 2021 discusses the terminology of LGBTQIAP+ under the umbrella of the re-invented term "queer" where identity and sexual orientation are distinct concepts with diverse perspectives. The webinar also provides tips to show up for LGBTQ+ colleagues, and points for, as well as barriers to, developing allyship. Susie Silver concludes with a call to commit to one new action in the next 30 days. We suggest this webinar is a good place to start.

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Reaching Out MBA

Reaching Out MBA's mission is to increase the influence of the LGBT+ community in business by educating, inspiring, and connecting MBA students and alumni.

They are a community of LGBT+ MBAs and other professionals with ever-growing diversity in sexual orientations, gender identities, and races and ethnicities. "One of our strengths is the unique perspective we bring through the intersectionality of our identities across underrepresented groups."

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Harvey Milk

Spotlight on LGBTQIAP+

Harvey Milk


Gay rights activist and community leader Harvey Milk made history when he became one of the first openly gay officials in the United States in 1977 when he was elected to San Francisco's Board of Supervisors. He was tragically shot and killed the following year, and numerous books and films have been made about his life.
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Does Lesbian and Gay Friendliness Pay Off? A New Look at LGBT Policies and Firm Performance,Veda Fatmy, John Kihn, Jukka Sihvonen, and Sami Vähämaa (Accounting and Finance, forthcoming; available on SSRN 2020; Presented at 2017 AAA Diversity Section Meeting)

Based on archival data from 657 publicly traded organizations, the authors conclude, “Taken as a whole, our empirical findings provide strong evidence to suggest that LGBT-friendly corporate policies enhance firm performance. These findings can be considered to support the view that socially progressive corporate policies and diversity management pay off and create value for the firm.”

Pride Against Prejudice? The Stakes of Concealment and Disclosure of a Stigmatized Identity for Gay and Lesbian Auditors, Sebastien Stenger and Thomas J. Roulet (2018 Work Employment and Society)

Based on participant observation and semi-structured interviews, the study finds that gay and lesbian auditors experience stigma and subtle discrimination leading them to conceal their identity, often negatively affecting their socialization into the firm. The authors conclude that this result "confirms that professional service firms may promote behaviours that clash with broader social norms." Though the data for this study was gathered about a decade ago in France, recent U.S. data (see the IMA/CalCPA research in the next column) report similar results and conclusions.

Diversifying U.S. Accounting Talent: A Critical Imperative to Achieve Transformational Outcomes, 2021 Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) and the California Society of CPAs (CalCPA)

Based on surveys and interviews, the study reports that 60 percent of the LGBTQIAP+ respondents believe "Leaders demonstrate unfair prejudice or bias against persons who identify as LGBTQIA, which negatively affects promotion." The study also reports that, in turn, over 30 percent indicate they have left companies and about 20 percent have left the profession because of lack of inclusion. The study concludes that “without targeted and coordinated efforts to improve diversity, recognize talent equitably, and foster an inclusive environment, the profession may risk losing the race for relevance."

Queering Accounting: Opening Up and Connecting Professional Services Firms, Nicholas McGuigan , Alessandro Ghio (2018 Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal)

The authors provide a commentary urging professional service firms and academic researchers to "open up and connect to cultural identification, theory, research ideas, methodologies and research impact and dissemination" surrounding the "lifeworlds" of LGBTQI communities to overcome heteronormativity in accounting. By embracing the unique aspects of LGBTQI culture and identity (instead of simple acceptance or assimilation), professional service firms can obtain new perspectives that enable true diversity and inclusion at the workplace, benefiting the accounting profession.

Spotlight on Implicit Bias

Black History Month Resources

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Celebrating Black History

The 100th Anniversary of the First African-American CPA

John W. Cromwell, Jr.

New Hampshire, 1921

Born into a prominent Washington, D.C., family, John Cromwell graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Dartmouth College in 1906. He taught math at a Black high school in D.C., and returned to New Hampshire to take the CPA examination in 1921. At that time, CPA firms refused to hire African Americans and New Hampshire made it possible for Cromwell to earn his license because it did not yet have an experience requirement. Cromwell continued to teach and was later controller at Howard University.Learn More at the Black CPA Centennial website On evenings and weekends, he worked as a CPA for Black-owned businesses in the D.C. area.

Joe J. Cramer, Jr., CPA, PhD

became the sixty-third African-American CPA in 1961 and the ninth African American to hold a doctorate in accounting when he earned his Ph.D. from Indiana University in 1963, and was the first Black tenure-track accounting professor at a predominantly white institution.

To learn more about Dr. Cramer's contributions to our profession, see this panel with three of his former students and his three children, click here.

He was an influential researcher and published in many top journals, including four sole-authored articles in The Accounting Review. At Penn State, he earned promotion to full professor, served as department chair, and in 1974 was named Arthur Anderson Faculty Fellow in the College of Business Administration. He went on to become Associate Dean of the Business School at Howard University in Washington D.C.

Dr. Cramer also served on the AICPA's Committee on Recruitment from Disadvantaged Groups and the AAA's Minority Faculty Development Committee. In both his academic and service roles, he mentored and championed Black undergraduate and graduate students. He died in 1986 at the age of 48 due to HIV-related illness.

Mary T. Washington

was the first African-American woman to earn a CPA. Born in Vicksburg, Mississippi on April 21, 1906, she was raised by her grandparents in Chicago. She excelled as a math student, earning her bachelor's degree in business from Northwestern University in 1941.

She founded an accounting firm in 1939; today Washington, Pittman and McKeever, LLC is one of the most successful firms in the nation. By the 1960s, Washington had provided the experience requirement to more Black CPAs than any other member of the profession, many of whom went on to leadership positions in government and business in Chicago.

In 2006 her partner Lester McKeever joined with the Illinois CPA Society and the CPA Endowment Fund of Illinois to establish the Mary T. Washington Wylie Opportunity Fund to support diversity in the accounting profession.

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Resources

Yuji Ijiri

Spotlight on AAPI

Yuji Ijiri

An outstanding accounting teacher and researcher, Yuji received many honors. He is the only four-time recipient of the AICPA-AAA's Notable Contributions to Accounting Literature Award (1966, 1967, 1971, 1976). In 1985 he was selected as the AAA's Distinguished International Lecturer and in 1986 he received our Outstanding Accounting Educator Award. Learn More


PBS Series: Asian Americans

A fascinating film series on the history of Asian Americans described by PBS in part: “told through intimate and personal lives, the series will cast a new lens on U.S. history and the ongoing role that Asian Americans have played in shaping the nation’s story.” In addition to viewing the series, check out the “For Educators” tab that provides shorter clips that, though suggested for secondary education, we might find useful in our own classrooms. More Information


Statement from the White House

Click here to read A Proclamation on Asian American and Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander Heritage Month, 2021

Academic Research and Literature


Perceived ethnic discrimination, race-related stress, and coping styles by Lori Ezzedine and Senel Poyrazli 2020 International Journal of Educational Research

Based on surveys of 250 non-white college students (51% Asian) the authors report students use behavioral disengagement to cope with racial stress and suggest that this negative coping style may reflect the possibility that students do not have an established social support system, a positive coping style, where they currently reside.

Race on Campus Debunking Myths with Data by Julie J. Park

Recipient of the 2020 American Educational Studies Association Critics Choice Award draws on the latest empirical research on admissions and racial dynamics of campus life to challenge pervasive myths on how race works in higher education. Using a conversational style, Dr. Park helps readers to "examine their assumptions and gain a more informed perspective on diversity in higher education."

Minor Feelings An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong

Recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography, Cathy Park Hong provides her candid and authentic view of being Asian in America, where "our status here remains conditional; belonging is always promised and just out of reach."