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Meet AAA's New Chief Diversity Officer: Building an Inclusive Community
An Interview with Barbee Myers Oakes
As part of realizing our vision of being an organization that promotes and supports a culture of belonging, mutual respect, and diversity, the AAA recently welcomed Dr. Oakes into the professional staff as our first Chief Diversity Officer (CDO). So that you get introduced to Barbee and share in our excitement, we have prepared a video interview with Dr. Oakes, conducted by Past President Elaine Mauldin.
Ruth Coles Harris, 2022
Trailblazers of the Accounting Profession
Feature: Ruth Coles Harris
In 1963, Ruth Coles Harris became the first African American woman to earn a CPA license in Virginia. At that time, there were fewer than 100 Black CPAs in the United States. Dr. Harris was a professor at Virginia Union University in Richmond for 48 years. There, she served as the first director of the Sydney Lewis School of Business, which now houses the Ruth Coles Harris Leadership Institute.
Harris holds a bachelor’s degree from Virginia State University, a master’s from New York University and a doctorate from William & Mary. Meet Ruth in a pair of podcasts at the Journal of Accountancy Website:Interview 1: The struggles and triumphs of the first Black CPAs Interview 2: What we can do to increase the number of Black CPAs
DEI Research in Academia
Why aren’t more minority accounting students choosing auditing? An examination of career choice and perceptions. Josette Edwards Pelzer and Porschia Nkansa. 2022. Accounting Education 31 (4): 347-369.
Using social cognitive career theory and semi-structured interviews of minority and non-minority accounting majors, the authors study why minority accounting students do not choose audit as a career. All of the accounting majors had a positive perception of the audit profession and generally had some negative self-efficacy experiences. However, the minority, but not non-minority, accounting majors tended to view their negative self-efficacy experiences as barriers to pursuing a career in audit. While all non-minority accounting majors had mentors familiar with accounting, only about half of the minority accounting majors had such mentors. The authors provide suggestions for developing mentoring relationships with minority accounting majors early in their degree program to encourage more entry into the audit profession.
Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts: Collaborating for Diversity. R. Mithu Dey; Lucy Lim; Frank Ross; Tracey Walker; Ken Bouyer Current Issues in Auditing (2021)
Descriptive evidence of a collaborative effort between The Center for Accounting Education at Howard University, public accounting firms, professional accounting associations, and state CPA societies to improve the advancement and retention of Black accounting professionals. Results provide specific recommendations to CEOs of public accounting firms and a model for connecting academic research to industry action.
Faculty That Look Like Me: An Examination of HBCU Accounting Faculty Motivation and Job Satisfaction. Kecia Williams Smith; Malissa Davis; Charles Malone; Lisa Owens-Jackson Issues in Accounting Education (2022)
Issues in Accounting Education requests submissions for a themed issue on "Diversity, Equity and Social Justice in Accounting Education" to be published during 2022.
YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN TLC SECTION'S DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION BOOK CLUB
First Meeting of 2022: Friday, February 11th, 3:00 pm-4:00 pm Eastern
All AAA members are invited to join the Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Section's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Book Club! The next meeting will be held on Friday, February 11th, 3:00 pm-4:00 pm Eastern. Please join our year-long conversation on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
In 2022, we are starting a new book: Courageous Conversations About Race: A Field Guide for Achieving Equity in Schools Second Edition, by Glenn E. Singleton
We will generally be covering one chapter during each book club session, to reduce preparation time and so that we can focus on the exercises at the end of each chapter. However, for the first session, we will cover the Introduction and Chapters 1 and 2. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.REGISTER HERE