Through the National Commission on Diversity and Inclusion, the AICPA has developed a comprehensive pipeline enhancement plan intended to contribute to the number of ethnic minority students enrolling and graduating from accounting programs, earning CPA credentials, and successfully transitioning into the profession.
For a preliminary list of resources available for high school students, college students, educators, firm and state societies, and around the CPA exam, download the AICPA Accounting Education Pipeline Resources guide.
For College School Students
If you’re a college student with an interest in majoring in accounting and want to learn more about the profession and the CPA exam, check out the resources below:
In light of the cancellation of this year’s in-person Accounting Scholars Leadership Workshop (ASLW) due to COVID-19, the AICPA’s Diversity & Inclusion team introduced a webinar series entitled, “Webinar Wednesdays” to maintain engagement with students who are interested in strengthening their professional skills and understanding of the limitless possibilities and benefits of a career in accounting. The webinars ran every Wednesday from April 15, 2020 through June 17, 2020.
Upcoming Webinar Wednesdays
Recordings of Past Webinars
- CPA Exam Update (April 8): Lori Kelly Jones, Lead Manager, Exam Content at AICPA, provided an overview of the CPA exam, explained resources AICPA offers regarding the exam, how COVID-19 impacts exam scheduling, and more.
- How to Incorporate Free Innovative Digital Content in Your Online Business Classes (April 15): Red Flag Mania is an simulation-based investigative experience created by Dr. Kelly Richmond Pope, PhD, CPA and Roni Jackson in partnership with DePaul University. Dr. Pope explained how Red Flag Mania is designed to help students solve complex business problems.
- CPA Exam Experiences: Personal Tips from Recently Licensed and Preparing Candidates (April 22): Shakor J. Jukes, CPA, MBA, Michael Kaufman Ortiz, and Sheneya Wilson, MBA, CPA discussed the CPA exam and offered their experiences in regards to studying and preparation.
- My Life as a CPA: Career Pathways (April 29): Adrienne Davis, CPA, Durran Dunn, CPA, and Jeremias Ramos, CPA, the stars of the Real CPAs 2.0 National Campaign, shared their career journeys.
- The Brand of You (May 6): What does it take to become the CEO of Me, Inc.? In the Brand of You webcast, Dr. Florence Holland shared how to cultivate your personal brand.
- Technology Etiquette in COVID-19 (May 13): Jonna Martin shared the secrets of technology etiquette. She covered insights and practical tips on the power of image, navigating email exchanges, social media etiquette and good networking practices online.
- AI in the Accounting Profession (May 20): Stephanie Nuesi, a 2019 Forbes Under 30 Scholar and recent recipient of Harvard University's Technology Leadership Award, gave students and professionals entering accounting an understanding of artificial intelligence (AI) in accounting.
- E2 = Encouraging Engagement in the Accounting Profession (May 27): A panel shared about different ways to continue to be involved with the AICPA and other organizations in the accounting profession beyond college and CPA licensure.
- Managing Recruitment During COVID-19 (June 3): Career coach, Darryl Ucheya, CPA, “the Shrewd CPA” and “career whisperer” for young professionals in accounting, focused on what students should be doing during this time despite not being able to attend traditional career fairs and events.
- PBS Roadtrip Nation: “Making it Balance” (June 10): PBS's Roadtrip Nation sent young people on a three-week adventure to discover from auditors what the career has to offer. This webcast features the explorers from “Making It Balance”.
- Navigating Corporate Culture (June 17): AICPA Accounting Scholarship Leadership Workshop (ASLW) Alumni and Young Professional Jerome Fulton, Jr. CPA of Deloitte Consulting and Thechena Dezamour, EY, highlighted early career challenges with an emphasis how peer mentors have kept them grounded in their CPA pursuit while being in public accounting.
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Joining the AICPA as a Student Affiliate Member is free and gives you access to tools and resources that will help you make the most of your college years. And once you're a CPA, the AICPA will continue to support your journey with technical resources, training, networking opportunities and expert guidance. Register and Apply here: https://www.thiswaytocpa.com/join-aicpa/.
Follow the Real CPA Pipeline Campaign
We created a national awareness campaign called Real CPAs that features real CPAs from diverse backgrounds to share their journey. Each year features new “real” CPAs that debunk the typical stereotype of accounting professionals. Our 2020 Real CPAs can be found at the following links. Check out their story!
Apply to attend our Accounting Scholars Leadership Workshop
The AICPA Accounting Scholars Leadership Workshop is an annual invitational program for minority accounting students who plan to pursue the CPA designation. This event aims to strengthen students’ professional skills and understanding of the limitless possibilities and benefits of earning the CPA credential.
- 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 visit here. You will learn more about our 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.
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