Julie Divola (Chair, ABA Tax Section), Help Create an Inclusive, Diverse, and Equitable Tax Section:
I am delighted to announce the launch of the Loretta Collins Argrett Fellowship and the creation of the Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (JDEI) endowment fund.
The Loretta Collins Argrett Fellowship seeks to identify, engage, and infuse historically underrepresented individuals into the Tax Section, create a more accessible, equitable, and inclusive pathway into Tax Section leadership, support the expansion, diversification, and inclusiveness of the tax profession, and create a sense of belonging for members looking to become involved with the Section.
The Loretta Collins Argrett Fellowship is a three-year program open to any individual with a diverse background and/or a demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in the tax bar. The Section aspires to award up to five (5) three-year Fellowships each fiscal year. Applications for the inaugural class of Fellows are due by Sunday, April 3, 2022. Please help us by sharing information about the Fellowship with your networks and colleagues. And please let me know if you have connections or partners who can help us spread the word.
The Tax Section’s JDEI Fund was created to provide stable, long-term funding for tax-related diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives within the Tax Section. Your generous tax-deductible donations to the JDEI endowment fund will provide financial support primarily for the new Fellowship program and will allow the Tax Section to provide more equal access to the Tax Section and the tax profession.
Vice-Chair of Membership, Diversity, and Inclusion, Caroline Ciraolo, and I have pooled our resources and together, we will personally match the first $10,000 in donations made on or before December 31 of this year.
I hope you will consider becoming one of the founding contributors of the JDEI endowment fund before the end of the year to help us fulfill our mission of creating a more diverse, accessible, and inclusive Tax Section and tax bar.