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


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.


AAA is pleased to announce the launch of our DEIB Certificate Course,
The Architecture of Inclusion, free to members.

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