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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.”


Links to Other Organizations

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

View his interview here.

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


Learn more about the White House Hispanic Prosperity Initiative (

Spotlight on Hispanic Heritage Month

Sonia Sotomayor

Sonia Sotomayor

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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