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VSCPA partners with 12 states to promote diversity, equity & inclusion ethics education in the CPA profession  

November 22, 2021

For Immediate Release

Tina Bates, VSCPA 
(804) 612-9416  
[email protected]
Twitter: @vscpanews 

Richmond (Nov. 22, 2021) — Because diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) considerations around ethics are a critical part of business education, the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA) is partnering with 12 states to expand its popular learning opportunity to CPAs across the country. 

The VSCPA’s Ethical Considerations in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion course is part of a new suite of tailored business ethics offerings for CPAs and finance, accounting and other business professionals. The course is designed to create a foundation of DEI in the workplace and explore ethics around unconscious bias, decision making, and critical thinking. 

State partners include the California Society of CPAs, Illinois CPA Society, Florida Institute of CPAs, Greater Washington Society of CPAs, Massachusetts Society of CPAs, Michigan Association of CPAs, Minnesota Society of CPAs, New Jersey Society of CPAs, North Dakota CPA Society, Oklahoma Society of CPAs, Tennessee Society of CPAs, and Utah Association of CPAs. 

The VSCPA values diversity in the CPA profession and is committed to implementing a variety of DEI initiatives, of which the ethics course is a part. The VSCPA encourages CPAs and other business professionals to adopt diversity initiatives in their own organizations. In its DEI ethics course, the VSCPA offers the following advice: 

  • Don’t shy away from challenging issues. The best way to understand the obstacles others face is to ask them and listen to their responses with an open mind. Avoid assumptions and rationalizations and instead focus on solutions. 
  • Actively seek to understand personal biases. Develop the capacity to observe oneself and have awareness of how personal lenses impact behaviors toward others. Seek out ways to remove subjectivity from decisions to add objective standards. 
  • Identify and mitigate bias in processes. Review processes with a DEI lens to identify areas where unconscious bias is inherent. Pay particular attention to performance evaluations and reward and recognition processes such as recruiting, promotion, and work assignments. 
  • Develop training that is meaningful. Move beyond training on compliance obligations, and incorporate issues such as valuing and embracing differences, recognizing and mitigating unconscious bias, managing inclusive teams, and building equity into the culture. 
  • Encourage and empower champions. Champions in organizations play an important role making DEI initiatives a reality. Empower these champions by recognizing and supporting their efforts and seeking their insights. 
  • Monitor and communicate progress. As with most change initiatives, communication is key to success. Set goals, monitor progress, and report to stakeholders regularly. 
  • Remember change is a journey. See DEI as a long-term change initiative, not a “once and done” project. Lasting change takes time to achieve and become the norm. 

The VSCPA DEI and other ethics courses are authored by expert international, national and state leaders, come in a variety of formats, and can be taken online through on-demand and webcast and include options for individuals and groups. They also meet the ethics continuing professional education requirements for CPAs in Virginia as well as other states across the country.  

Additional VSCPA business ethics offerings will be added in 2022. For more information on the VSCPA ethics courses and to register today, visit www.CPAethics.com. A national webcast of the course will be held on December 2 at 10 a.m. EST. 

The VSCPA also has a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Resource Center with additional courses, articles, toolkits, assessments and more. 


The Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA) is the leading professional association in the Commonwealth dedicated to empowering CPAs to thrive. Founded in 1909, the VSCPA has more than 13,500 members who work in public accounting, corporate finance, government and education. For more information about the VSCPA, visit vscpa.com, email [email protected] or call (804) 612-9416. Connect with us on Facebook: Facebook.com/VSCPA Twitter: @VSCPANews and Instagram: @VSCPA. To search for a CPA in your geographic region, visit vscpa.com/FindaCPA.