Diversity & Inclusion Committee
Our chapter’s D&I Committee was founded in 2017 with a threefold mission:
- To increase awareness of the diversity in our chapter
- To involve and support students from all backgrounds in pursuit of educational and professional excellence
- To create a safe and inclusive environment for everyone
What We Do
We work alongside the membership team to ensure each new candidate receives the resources required to be successful during the recruiting process. Additionally, we host immersive events to engage our chapter, such as the Emerging Professionals Diversity Conference in 2017, which featured a professional panel discussion on implicit bias, and Embracing Vulnerability in 2018, a workshop lead by Kate Fisher, Principal Sales Engineer at Oracle.
In winter of both 2018 and 2019, we partnered with the City of Portland to organize and manage a volunteer project; we recruited accounting and finance students who translated Portland’s Popular Annual Financial Report CAFR into four different languages. The City now annually entrusts us with this responsibility and our volunteer translators receive experience and recognition from the opportunity.
On The Horizon
Spring term of 2019, we are launching a small, member/candidate only, pilot of a peer-to-peer mentorship program called BAP Buddies. We plan to open the program to all accounting and finance students in the future and run the program at least one term annually.
Co-Chair and Committee Member Positions Available
Our committee is constantly evolving, which makes it the perfect place to develop your leadership skills and practice project management! We are currently recruiting for a new Co-Chair, as well as new committee members. You must be a candidate of BAP to hold the Co-Chair position, but there are no prerequisites for joining the committee as a member. The skills you gain while involved with the committee will help you shine in interviews and during the recruiting process overall.
Co-Chair: Approximately a 10 – 15 hour per month commitment, including planning and scheduling time for a monthly committee meeting. Other tasks are completed remotely, such as writing emails to professionals and BAP leaders, as well as drafting timelines. Since the D&I committee often collaborates with the competitions team and membership team on projects, the co-chairs also ensure one of them attend any competitions or on-boarding meeting they are invited to.
Committee Member: Approximately a 5 hour per month commitment, including attending one monthly meeting, and completing any tasks remotely that the co-chair assigns at monthly meetings.
How to Get Involved
We meet monthly but due to the small size of our committee, the date changes month-to-month to accommodate everyone’s busy schedule. If you want to see what the committee is all about by shadowing our next meeting, email Co-Chair, Alli Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to find a list of PSU’s D&I resources and contacts.
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