Diversity and Inclusion

Include everyone, exclude no one. 

2024 Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship

Apply before May 31, 2024.

2023 Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to the recipients of the Diversity Scholarship! Click here to view the recipients.

Black CPA Centennial

The Kentucky Society of CPAs is committed to increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the CPA profession. We recognize the importance of celebrating and honoring the 100th anniversary of the first Black CPA and we do so with our deepest appreciation for those who paved the way for diversity in our profession.

KyCPA Behind the Numbers Podcast Episode 034: Black CPA Centennial, Kentucky's first Black CPAs and more.

The Kentucky CPA Journal 

Issue 3, 2021 features articles regarding the first Black CPAs in the U.S. and Kentucky and more. Click here to read articles.  

Journal of Accountancy Podcast

2021 marks the 100 year anniversary of the first CPA certificate granted in the U.S. to a Black CPA, John W. Cromwell, Jr. In 2019, a AICPA survey found, that among all CPA firms that responded to the survey, only 2 percent of CPAs were Black. 

Behind the numbers Podcast 

Click here to listen or to view.

Part 1 

KyCPA members Rene Valadez and Kim Burse discuss the Society's Diversity and Inclusion Committees' four-phased process to develop recommendations to promote not only diversity of the profession and inclusion of underrepresented groups, but that will also increase the percentage of these individuals studying, pursuing and remaining in the accounting profession. 

Part 2 

Rene Valadez and Kim Burse share AICPA diversity and inclusion resources and personal experiences during their professional journey towards becoming a CPA and now as members of the CPA profession. 

D&I committee

R Valadez

Click here to meet KyCPA's Diversity and Inclusion 2020-2021 committee chair, Rene Valadez, CPA.

Diversity Recruiting Plan Template

As you think about staffing for the upcoming year, consider the importance of incorporating diverse perspectives and backgrounds in your firm’s work and culture.  Whether recruiting online, through social media or through campus events and job fairs, be sure to develop an actionable diversity recruiting plan to map out your efforts for finding top talent.  In fact, your firm may want to take an additional commitment to diversity by applying to be a cosponsor for the PCPS George Willie Ethnically Diverse Student Scholarship and Internship program

This tool is an example of the turnkey practice management tools and resources PCPS delivers. PCPS is an add-on firm membership section within the AICPA. A PCPS firm membership, at only $35 per CPA, up to a max of $700 per firm, is a great investment for a broad range of practice management resources. Find out if you are already a PCPS member or register for a virtual tour to learn more.

Additional Resources

Accounting Inclusion Maturity Model

Business Case for Diversity and Inclusion

PCPS Diversity and Inclusion Toolkit

AICPA D&I Resources for Professionals

AICPA D&I Resources for Firms

AICPA D&I Resources for Educators

AICPA D&I Resources for Students


Keeping micro-aggressions out of your workplace

What anti-bias training can - and can't - accomplish in the workplace

Building a truly effective D&I initiative 

Diversity & Inclusion: A conversation we must have