Diversity Section Innovation in Research Award

Award Title: Diversity Section Innovation in Research Award

Diversity Section Awards Chairperson: Nelson Alino at nualino@quinnipiac.edu.

Process for Establishing this Award: The Executive Committee of the Diversity Section (and the award Chairperson if one is appointed) will determine the purpose, criteria, eligibility, etc., for the award.

Purpose: The Diversity Section recognizes the importance of promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in the Academy, the accounting profession, and in business. The purpose of this award is to recognize and reward faculty members who conduct research that advances knowledge and practices in the areas of diversity, inclusion, human equity, and social justice. The winner will be honored with a plaque and a monetary award.

Criteria: To be eligible for the award, the research must have been conducted within the past five years and must demonstrate new and spirited thinking.

Eligibility: Individual faculty members or a team of faculty are eligible. These parties can nominate themselves or others. Winners do not have to be members of the AAA Diversity Section to receive the plaque but must be members to receive the monetary award.

Nomination Procedures: To submit a nomination, email a pdf file of the nominated paper and an accompanying nomination letter to the Chair of the Awards Committee. Also include a contact person and address to whom the Award Committee can send requests for additional information. Papers not selected for the award may be re-submitted for nomination in subsequent years, subject to the five-year limitation.

Award Committee and Submission Instructions: Nominations will be evaluated by an Awards Committee appointed by the Diversity Section Awards Chairperson. Nominations must be emailed by March 1, annually to the Chair of the Awards Committee: Nelson Alino at nualino@quinnipiac.edu

Presentation of Award: The Award will be presented during the Diversity Section Business Meeting and Lunch at the AAA Annual Meeting in August.


Dear Diversity Section Members:

It was not my intent to start a letter to the section this way, but this announcement does fit in with the theme. Barbee Oakes has retired from the AAA to concentrate on her health. I ask that you send healing thoughts/wishes/prayers her way. In an unretirement, she joined as Chief Diversity Officer at the AAA. In her short time at AAA, she has brought a welcome light along with tremendous experience and expertise.

The tool she developed in the DEIB Certificate places much of that expertise into a series of modules that I encourage you not to merely view passively and earn the certificate, but to embrace and use as a tool for starting conversations among your colleagues. You may ask (and I have already been asked/challenged), “Why do I need a DEIB certificate?” As Diversity Section members, we think about these issues more than most already. However, I am struck by the words of Billy Williams, KPMG Houston Partner and DEI Leader who spoke at the joint Diversty/TLC Midyear in October, when he said, “Nobody is a diversity expert.” So, while you may not need it, I guarantee you will learn something from it.

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