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Welcome to the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Working Group

This group assists the COCPA in developing strategy and programming to address the challenges and seize the opportunities in this most important area.

In addition to holding monthly meetings, this group has originated the monthly “See Me Series: Stories of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.”


July 2021 – See Me Series: Not a Puzzle Piece. Being Autistic in the Work World – with COCPA Member, Caitlyn O’Neil

August 2021 – See Me Series: Sherpa-Sharwa: The Ethnic Group of Nepal – with COCPA Member, Ang Sherpa

September 2021 – See Me Series: Coming to America – with COCPA Member, Judy Thomas

October 2021 – See Me Series: My Point of View: The CPA Profession Through a Colored Lens – with COCPA Member, Felicia Clement


Books and Videos

  1. Across That Bridge: A Vision for Change and the Future of America, by the late Congressman John Lewis
  2. “All the Queen’s Horses” by Amazon Prime, 2017 documentary
  3. CEO Action Day of Understanding with Wright Lassiter, III, Henry Ford Health System President, Vimeo
  4. Colorado Experience, Mr. Barney Ford (Rocky Mountain PBS)
  5. I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness, by Austin Channing Brown
  6. Listening is an Act of Love by Dave Isay
  7. My Vanishing Country: A Memoir by Bakari Sellers
  8. Privilege, Power and Difference, 2nd Edition, by Allan G. Johnson
  9. So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  10. “Something the Lord Made” by HBO Films, 2004
  11. The Hero Effect with Kevin Brown, father of Joshua his autistic son, YouTube Podcast
  12. The Vanishing Half by Brit Benett
  13. “Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man” videos by Emmanual Acho
  14. Verna Myers: How to overcome our biases? Walk boldly toward them, TED Talks, YouTube
  15. White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo



  1. Homeowners associations are still keeping Black Americans out (businessinsider.com)
  2. Racism has cost Black Americans $70 trillion since slavery (businessinsider.com)


Courses and Certificates

  1. Anti-Racism and Allyship 7 Day Journey, STANFORD Graduate School of Business
  2. Brave Space Training
  3. “Crucial Conversations” training
  4. Race Talk University
  5. University of South Florida Muma College of Business’ Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace Certificate
  6. Virtual Privilege Walk, with Jackie Ferguson



  1. Race at Work with Porter Braswell
  2. Uncomfortable Conversations with Emmanuel Acho

For more information about the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Working Group, contact:

Mary Medley

Chief Executive Officer
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