Professor Elizabeth D. Capener, Director, Undergraduate Business Program, led the work of 30 Dominican students, alumni, and faculty with Tax Aid this year. Tax Aid volunteers prepare income tax returns for low-income taxpayers. Our volunteers worked at the San Rafael and Yountville centers, the latter being focused on veterans at the VA Hospital. Through their volunteer efforts, Dominican’s Tax Aid clients received approximately $136,000 in refunds, in addition to their economic stimulus checks. A graduating accounting senior, Jeremy Boucher, led the Tax Aid training session, during which volunteers received continuing education credits.
Two undergraduate business students at Dominican recently gained valuable insight into one of the country’s “Big 4” accounting firms—not in hushed, number-crunching offices, but in coastal communities wracked by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Juniors Adriana Contreras and Leticia Sandoval were among 80 American college selected from more than 600 to participate in Deloitte’s Maximum Impact Alternative Spring Break this past March. The program, which Deloitte offered in conjunction with the United Way, brought together the firm’s professionals and students in an effort to help still-struggling communities rebuild after the two hurricanes.
“This was a terrific opportunity for our students to improve lives, create professional ties and make new friends,” comments Elizabeth Capener, Director of Undergraduate Business Programs in the Barowsky School of Business.
Joined by 35 Deloitte professionals, 15 United Way leader and the other students,
Contreras and Sandoval rebuilt and repaired homes, playgrounds, schools and community centers in the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
As part of the selection process, the students were required to submit essays about issues in their communities. In hers, Contreras highlighted the importance of teaching financial literacy at a young age. Sandoval’s focused on youth violence and the need for communities to support afterschool and weekend programs to give youth alternatives to hanging out on the street.
Both Contreras and Sandoval will return to Deloitte this summer: They both have been accepted into the company’s 10-week summer internship program.
Dominican enjoys a strong relationship with Deloitte. For the past eight years, Dominican students have worked alongside Deloitte professionals as volunteers for Tax-Aid, a non-profit organization that provides assistance in preparing tax returns for people with low incomes.
Ariana Escobedo, who graduated this spring with a major in and a concentration in accounting, was among a select number of high-achieving young adults nationwide accepted into Deloitte’s Future Leaders Apprentice Program (FLAP).
As a FLAP awardee, Escobedo will receive $5,000 and participate in Deloitte’s mentoring and leadership program that aims to attract promising minority candidates to the company and prepare them for senior positions. Escobedo, who grew up in Chicago, has already accepted a full-time job as a tax consultant at Deloitte.
Graduating cum laude this May with a grade point average of 3.7, Escobedo thanked Dominican for all the opportunities it has afforded her. “It has been the perfect place for me,” remarked Escobedo, the first in her family to have gone to college. Referring to the university’s faculty, she added, “More than professors, they have been advisors to me. They really look for opportunities for students.”
Sue Stavn, MSIS
Assistant Dean, Academic Programs