Ariel SmithA Collat School of Business student and a Collat professor are being honored with the 2014 President's Awards for Diversity. The Vice President for Equity and Diversity and the Office of the Vice Provost for Student and Faculty Success recently recognized UAB’s outstanding leaders for their commitment and contributions to diversity on campus. The Collat School of Business is pleased to have student Ariel Smith and Professor Jenice Prather-Kinsey honored for their efforts to improve diversity.

Ariel, a senior management major with a concentration in human resources, was nominated for her significant role as a student leader for the 2013 Birmingham Business Project, as well as her other engagements in the community. Ariel was pivotal in the school’s recognition and reflection activities surrounding the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights events in Birmingham. She led the UAB team of student researchers and motivated all of the students to take ownership of the project, which looked at the impact of the Civil Rights movement on Birmingham’s business community. Ariel is also involved with Alabama Possible’s Blueprints College Access Initiative, a mentor program she has worked with since her freshman year at UAB. Through Blueprints, Ariel has had a positive impact on high school students from Birmingham’s Woodlawn High School, where she served as a mentor to demystify the college-going process and helped students navigate the college admissions process. Ariel has also presented her research as one of four student honorees at the Minority Access, Inc, Role Models Conference in Washington D.C.

Prather Kinsey 315Dr. Prather-Kinsey, an accounting professor at Collat, was honored for her efforts in advising the UAB student chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA). Her passion for improving the representation of minorities in the accounting field has led to the transformation of UAB’s NABA chapter. During the time she has been advising NABA, Dr. Prather-Kinsey has actively assisted recruiting NABA members for the IRS VITA project, a program where members volunteer to prepare free income tax services for low-to-moderate income citizens in the Birmingham community. Because of these efforts, she has not only created a large VITA volunteer base from UAB, but successfully obtained funding from PNC Bank to support VITA participants with their training and provide scholarships.

The Collat School of Business congratulates Ariel and Dr. Prather-Kinsey for their outstanding efforts to engage both the Birmingham and UAB communities in promoting diversity!