Garrett Voge, studying Accounting and Management Information Systems, is a DiversityJobs Scholarship Finalist

[I]’ve chosen the Masters of Accounting Program to further my education and better prepare myself for the workplace environment. Hearing about how auditors are the “watchdogs” of the business world heightened my interest in this field. After reading about numerous fraud scandals, I now want to help investors and managers confirm balance sheet numbers and internal controls.

Recently, I have been working on my senior honor’s thesis, which revolves around analyzing the stock market returns to see if institutional investors value LGBTQIA+ progressive policies differently than the common investor. In researching this topic and attending the Out for Undergraduate Business Conference (OUBC), I have realized the need for action with regards to corporate America and the LGBTQ community. Although I am entering a field that already is highly regarded for its Corporate Equality Index scores, I feel that I will be able to make a difference in the community as a whole as well. I have recently realized the importance of accepting everyone for who they truly are.

“At least you’re not that gay. At least you’re not in drag. At lea–“

That’s where I stopped them. Last Christmas, I came out to my parents. My parents were reassuring themselves that it could be worse: I could be “gayer.” A few years earlier, I would have agreed with them to soften the punch and lessen the tears. However, at this time I said, “Stop.” I told them that I was myself. Those people are themselves. And this world needs to support and applaud anyone that can be themselves in today’s society. I have only been openly out for a year and have changed multiple people’s perception of the LGBTQIA+ community through my diverse campus involvement.

I have talked to the two leaders of the Open Circle in the PwC San Francisco Office about helping with a number of projects this summer. I cannot wait to see their resources, connections and progress. After attending the OUBC, I met with the Associate Dean of my business school to discuss LGBTQIA+ difficulties and how faculty can be more supportive. Similarly, I will bring what I learn this summer back to the University of Arizona. Looking into the future, much is uncertain, but I can assure you that I will stay true to my morals, my integrity and my belief that equality is paramount. Whether this is involvement with the Trevor Project or educating a co-worker on offensive language; I do not know yet. However, I’m extremely excited to find out.’s scholarship program is proud to announce Garrett Voge as one of the finalists for its December 2012 application deadline. Vote for his essay (Facebook ‘Like’ and other social media sharing options in left column), click the ‘star’ just above comments section below, and/or leave comments of support to help us with the selection process.