AICPA Formulates National Commission on Diversity

Saturday, September 15, 2012 Print Email

The AICPA is formulating a National Commission on Diversity in its efforts to make the profession of accounting more diverse in terms of accountants. The all new commission will work in the direction of enhancing the advancement and retention of minorities that have been underrepresented in the accounting profession to reflect the communities and clients served by the Charted Professional Accountants better.

The commission comprising fifteen members consists of representatives like Ascend, apart from Charted Professional Accountant entities, state Charted Professional Accountant societies as well as leaders hailing from the industry, government, education and business. They are planning to organize their 1st meeting in the coming week in Durham and in fact will be meeting on a quarterly basis.

The commission’s board is going to be headed by America’s director of inclusiveness recruiting at Ernst and Young, Ken Bouyer. On the other hand, Kim Drumgo will serve as the vice-chairman of the National Commission.

Other members of the CPA include Peggy Dzierzawski from the Michigan Association of CPAs and Jeff Chin from Ascend, which is basically an advocacy group for Indian American and Asia Charted Professional Accountants and among others.

Bouyer stated that the accounting profession has managed to make some positive progress in terms of recruiting members from different ethnicities and races but still needs to do more work, especially in matters pertaining to promoting and retaining minorities.

A recent research conducted by the AICPA offers a summary of the profession’s ethnic structure and also creates a sort of benchmark even as the newly incepted commission starts working.

Drumgo stated that the American Institute of CPAs has managed to do great work in terms of making the accounting profession very inclusive and the institute is going to continue to its efforts towards the profession. The National Commission on Diversity brings along with it numerous stakeholders in its efforts to deal with the diversity related issue.

The commission is also planning to work in the direction of proposing the strategies of AICPA to enhance the minority count in the accounting profession. The procedure will revolve around understanding and investigating the roadblocks lying in the success path of the minorities and determining the retention and recruitment data in the profession of accounting.

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