About the Diversity Section

Our Mission

To be the primary forum for the enhancement and support of diversity in accounting education, research, and practice.

Value Propositions


To create a diverse community of accounting students, faculty and practitioners

Diversity Research

To encourage and support research that will create awareness of diversity issues in accounting education and practice

Faculty Development

To enhance and support the professional development of all faculty members and doctoral students


To encourage and support collaboration among accounting students, faculty and practitioners to address diversity issues in the workplace


To provide high quality, cost-effective services and support for the programs and activities of the Section

Shared Values

  • Valuing diversity; respect for others
  • Service to members and others
  • Sense of community
  • Innovation; willingness to change
  • High ethical values and behavior
  • Open communications
  • Fairness

Veena L. Brown, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Dear Members of the Diversity Section,

It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that I address you as the newly elected President of the Diversity Section of the American Accounting Association. I am deeply honored (and pleasantly surprised) to have been entrusted with this esteemed position.

First and foremost, I would like to extend a warm welcome to all our members, both longstanding and newly joined as we begin this new year. The Diversity Section is a community that thrives on the diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds of its members. Our collective mission is to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of accounting education, research, and practice. As the incoming President, I am committed to amplifying underrepresented voices, driving meaningful change, and creating opportunities for our members to succeed. I firmly believe that diversity is not just a buzzword; it is the key to unlocking our full potential as a profession.

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The Diversity Section Executive Committee put forth the addition of a Vice President-Practice position to the Diversity Section bylaws. The position description is listed below for review.

The Vice President-Practice is appointed for a two (2) year term and is eligible for reappointment for up to two (2) additional two (2) year terms. The Vice President-Practice will assist in making connections and strengthening linkages between the academic members of the Section and the practice community on diversity-related matters.  

The process per our Section bylaws requires notice of amendments to the bylaws that are to be presented for a vote will be provided to members 30 days prior to the vote. We are abiding by our bylaws by providing the above information in this email to members and the information is also posted on our Section website.

Voting will open on Monday, November 27, 2023. Instructions on how to vote will be sent out in our Section emails at that time.