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Pro-Equity Anti-Racism (PEAR)

Help Washington Flourish

An opportunity to make a meaningful impact in the CPA profession

The Washington State Board of Accountancy is looking to partner with empathy-centered, community volunteers to embed the PEAR framework in all agency decision making and actions.

We are committed to reframing our agency to work in a way that reduces disparities and improves equitable and just outcomes for everyone now and in the future. Our goal is to create a culture that centers pro-equity, racial justice, access, and belonging.

The PEAR Team will be comprised of agency staff, external customers (CPAs), and key business partners. The team will meet weekly until September 1, 2022, for the purpose of completing a Board of Accountancy PEAR Strategic Action Plan.

If you are able to make the time commitment and want to provide the Board with your thoughts on making the CPA profession and the Board more equitable, diverse, and inclusive, please consider joining us.

Governor Jay Inslee signed Executive Order 22-04 which included:

Creating The Washington State Office of Equity

The newly created Washington Office of Equity was established by the legislature because:

  • The population has become increasingly diverse
  • Marginalized communities do not have the same opportunities
  • Inequities based on race, ethnicity, gender, and the other characteristics continue to be pervasive and come at great economic and social cost

VISION

Everyone in Washington has full access to the opportunities, power, and resources they need to flourish and achieve their full potential.

MISSION

To promote equitable access to opportunities, power, and resources across government that reduce disparities and improve outcomes statewide.

The Office of Equity is charged with the implementation of Executive Order 22-04, which includes:

  • Helping agencies meet their reporting requirements
  • Holding the agencies accountable for compliance with the order
  • Reporting compliance to the Legislature and the Governor 

Declaring Washington An Anti-racist State

In the Governor’s words from Executive Order 22-04: Washington is a state where all are welcomed and will have the opportunity to thrive regardless of race, ethnicity, creed, color, national origin, citizenship or immigration status, sex, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation, or the presence of sensory, mental, or physical disability.

Establishing the PEAR Requirements for State Agencies

The Washington State Board of Accountancy, has been tasked with:

  • Founding a PEAR team
  • Conducting an Equality Impact Review (Due August 1, 2022)
  • Creating and implementing a PEAR Strategic Action Plan (Due September 1, 2022)
  • Preparing a PEAR Annual Performance Report annually beginning September 1, 2023
  • Updating the agency’s PEAR Strategic Action Plan annually

Join us and help make an impact!

If you would like to join our PEAR team or would like additional information, please email lori.mickelson@acb.wa.gov.

Thank you for helping us with this important work.