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Resources to expand the D&I pipeline of minority students in accounting

2 years ago · 2 min read

The AICPA, working in collaboration with its DEI volunteer committees have created programs aimed at increasing the pipeline of ethnic minorities enrolling and graduating from accounting programs, earning the CPA credential, and helping to ensure their successful transition into the profession. Additionally, we are providing support aimed at equipping minority-serving institutions/educators with the tools and training they may need to teach and support our diverse future CPAs. Included below are the current programs available to support college and doctoral students in the accounting profession pipeline:

Apply to attend our Accounting Scholars Leadership Workshop

The AICPA Accounting Scholars Leadership Workshop is an annual invitational program for ethnic minority students who are declared accounting majors or have interest in joining the accounting profession. This event aims to strengthen students’ professional skills and understanding of the limitless possibilities and benefits of a career in accounting and earning credentials.

Future CPA Career Exploration Summit

The Future CPA Career Exploration Summit is an event that aims to strengthen the pipeline of college students entering the profession from minority-serving institutions. We share the benefits of licensure, the limitless career possibilities in accounting and we provide networking opportunities with potential employers.

PCPS George Willie Ethnically Diverse Student Scholarship & Internship

Are you an ethnically diverse student pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in an accounting or accounting-related major? Do you plan to pursue the CPA licensure? If you can answer “yes” to the above questions, learn more about the Private Companies Practice Section (PCPS) scholarship and internship opportunity. Select firms will provide an internship during busy season and financial awards are made up to $10,000 towards tuition per student.

AICPA Scholarship Award for Minority Accounting Students

The AICPA Scholarship for Minority Accounting Students provides competitive awards to outstanding full time undergraduate minority students at regionally accredited institutions to encourage their selection of accounting as a major, entry into the profession and u achieving the CPA designation.

AICPA Fellowship for Minority Doctoral Students

The AICPA Fellowship for Minority Doctoral Students ensures that CPAs of diverse backgrounds are visible in college and university classrooms. The program's goal is to increase the number of minority CPAs who serve as role models and mentors to young people in the academic environment. The AICPA Foundation awards annual fellowships of $12,000 to full-time minority accounting Ph.D. scholars who demonstrate significant potential to become accounting educators.

Included below are resources and programs available to support minority serving institutions and educators:

Annual Accounting Profession Diversity Symposium

The Annual Accounting Profession Diversity Symposium provides a platform for firms/organizations, universities/faculty and state societies to explore best practices and identify ways to overcome obstacles in filling the accounting pipeline with diverse professionals.

Minority serving institution toolkit


The AICPA is working with minority serving institutions to help to increase the recruiting and retention of minorities in the accounting profession. Working collaboratively with our partner organizations, we have created a toolkit that provides guidance on how campus career service centers can successfully interface with accounting related employers to ensure that their students are well-equipped, being seen by recruiters, and receiving internship and job placement opportunities.

Unconscious bias in undergraduate education

Unconscious biases are social stereotypes about certain groups of people that individuals form outside their own conscious awareness. Everyone holds unconscious beliefs about various social and identity groups, and these biases stem from one’s tendency to organize social worlds by categorizing. Working collaboratively with our academic partners, the AICPA is exploring strategies and tactics to help educate accounting students on the impact unconscious biases can have on their everyday lives and future workforce. Check back for more developments on the roll out of this initiative.

AICPA Accounting Education Center

The AICPA Accounting Education Center is a resource hub for accounting faculty. This website provides access to award winning curricula, curated resources across multi-discipline areas, and opportunities to engage with the profession.

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