A summer accounting program sponsored by a number of major New York universities and designed for high school students does not permit white students to apply.
The program, “Career Opportunities in the Accounting Profession,” is sponsored by the Moynihan Scholarship Fund and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, as well as nine leading New York universities, including five public universities. The course intends to introduce to the accounting profession 250 “promising underrepresented high school students.”
“On the application form for the program, however, applicants are supposed to choose a “race” or ethnicity option with which they identify. Hispanic, Black, Asian, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and Native American are among the options on the application form. “White,” however, is not even an option.
A father whose son, a high school junior, is interested in business anonymously expressed his “frustration” over the racial prejudice of the program to Campus Reform. The father was upset that his “child can’t apply because he’s white.”
Campus Reform reached out to the universities sponsoring the accounting program and received a response from SUNY Oswego’s Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Scott Furlong that indicated Furlong agrees that the program may be unfair.
While saying that the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants is responsible for setting the policies that only allow “students of color” to apply, Furlong added that the program’s exclusion of white students “merits much future discussion for the purposes of having SUNY Oswego reassess our involvement and reconsider our sponsorship.” Read more…